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Writing colonial history in post-colonial India


2001 2001

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As a strategy of subversion and domination, recodification was deployed by the colonizer and the colonized under colonialism to reach their goals. In either case, the result was a deep impact of the other on the agents involved in recodification. In early nineteenth century, institutionalizing Persian was a product of colonial devaluation of vernacular languages, which recodified Persian as a classical language used for literature administration and law-making.

As rewriting the cultural codes became a way for historiography to display the arguments and discursive models, it combined “useful” adaptations with the question of power, as we also notice in the case of the reform movement, the Arya Samaj. A return to origins of Hindu theories was an attempt by the Aryas to frustrate hegemonic models of colonialism. Recovery in this case led to an image of the Hindu woman that was at the intersection of tradition and modernity.

Can new models replace colonial epistemologies? Can the nation indeed allow redefinitions to include everyone? These are among the questions that Ismat Chugtai's “Lihaaf” brings up. The heterogeneous nature of the nation may challenge patriarchal scripts only to be rewritten in re-positioned scripts that attempt to redefine the nation in dominant voices.

Through the act of recodification, marginal positions intersect with hegemony where both are changed and marginality never takes center stage.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Asian literature;
Minority & ethnic groups;
Sociology
Classification
0305: Asian literature
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0631: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Chugtai, Ismat; Colonial history; India; Ismat Chugtai; Postcolonial; Writing
Title
Writing colonial history in post-colonial India
Author
Marya, Deepika
Number of pages
140
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493392837, 0493392831
Advisor
Radhakrishnan, Rajagopalan
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3027227
ProQuest document ID
304698953
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304698953
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