Ur-national and secular mythologies: Popular culture, nationalist historiography and strategic essentialism

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Abstract

This essay examines the dynamic between nationalist historiography and popular cultural forms in postcolonial and post-global India. Concerned primarily with liberal nationalist historiography, particularly the kind that has been labelled the ‘Tagore-Nehru synthesis’, this essay traces the evolution of the said historiography during the colonial-nationalist period, examines the interaction of this historiography with contesting discourses in postcolonial and post-global India and, in doing so, attempts to address the questions regarding the modes of coexistence of religion and nationalism in a secular nation-state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSouth Asian Transnationalisms
Subtitle of host publicationCultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages116-132
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781135718329
ISBN (Print)9780415556187
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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