Nativism: Essays in Criticism

Nativism: Essays in Criticism

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Author: Makarand Paranjape
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 254
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126001682


A pioneering and timely publication introducing and defining the concept, analyzing its classical, medieval and colonial backgrounds.

Emanating from the 'bahujan samaj' -- the majority of ordinary people who make up the plurality of Indian civilization -- Nativism is a form of indigenous literary criticism whose agenda can be summed up as a cry for cultural self-respect and autonomy. In the welter of derived and derivative critical theories which confound contemporary Indian cultural studies, nativism is, perhaps, the only home-grown school of criticism to have emerged in post-independence India.

A timely intervention in the critical scene today, it poses a challenge to the dominant, market-driven, globalising, and totalising intellectual and cultural trends of our times which threaten to marginlise and subdue our native ways of life. This book is an attempt to show that there are alternative possibilities of facing up to our present cultural crisis.

EDITOR: Makarand Paranjape, an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social, IIT-Delhi, is an Indian English poet, novelist, and critic.