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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay: An Intellectual Biography

Price : $18.75
ISBN # : 9780195695038
Author : Amiya P. Sen
pages: 144
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2013

This book is a short, critical biography of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (1838-94), a major Bengali novelist and thinker, who, in many ways, determined the intellectual and cultural content of modern Indian nationalism, and modern Hinduism. Bankim Chandra was a successful civil servant and also the first graduate to pass out from a modern Indian university. More importantly, however, he meaningfully contributed to the critical self-reflection of the English-educated Indian middle classes in response to the moral and intellectual challenges posed by the West. In doing so, Bankim Chandra shaped the nascent movement for Indian nationhood. The author, Amiya Sen, presents a lucid reading of Bankim Chandra's literary works that detail his social, political, and religious philosophy. He also discusses Bankim Chandra's extensive use of Hindu religious idioms and symbols, which antagonized the non-Hindus, thus diluting the substance of the unity that he envisaged for India.Part of the 'Modern Indian Greats' series, this book aims at familiarizing the reader with Bankim Chandra's literary works, as well as his religious and political ideas, and will interest students and scholars of modern Indian history and politics, as well as general readers.

Author Bio: Amiya P. Sen is currently Professor at Rabindra Bhavan, Visva-Bharati. He has also taught at the Department of History, Jamia Millia Islamia, and the Department of History, Deshbandhu College, New Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 01 April, 2013.

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