Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay: An Intellectual Biography

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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.

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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.

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay?s writings, in many ways, determined the intellectual and cultural content of modern Hinduism and Hindu nationalism. They also contributed significantly to the critical self-consciousness of the English-educated Indian middle classes. Most importantly, Bankim Chandra was one of the earliest writers to have dealt with the Indian response to the moral and intellectual challenges posed by the West. This critical biography presents an insightful analysis of Bankim Chandra?s life, thought, and works. Amiya P. Sen discusses how Bankim Chandra?s writings influenced the nascent Indian nationalism of the late nineteenth century, but with paradoxical results. On the one hand, Bankim Chandra asserted a distinctively Hindu identity, which produced a bonding based on shared religious sentiments. On the other, his evocative use of Hindu religious idioms and symbols diluted the very substance of the unity he envisaged for the nation by antagonizing non-Hindus. This book analyses the predominant themes in Bankim?s writings and also details his impact on the development of Bengali language press and literature. Including two appendices on his life and major writings, and a readings list, this volume will be informative reading for students and teachers of modern Indian history and politics, as well as general readers. Printed Pages: 176. Bookseller Inventory # 18415

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyayâs writings, in many ways, determined the intellectual and cultural content of modern Hinduism and Hindu nationalism. They also contributed significantly to the critical self-consciousness of the English-educated Indian middle classes. Most importantly, Bankim Chandra was one of the earliest writers to have dealt with the Indian response to the moral and intellectual challenges posed by the West. This critical biography presents an insightful analysis of Bankim Chandraâs life, thought, and works. Amiya P. Sen discusses how Bankim Chandraâs writings influenced the nascent Indian nationalism of the late nineteenth century, but with paradoxical results. On the one hand, Bankim Chandra asserted a distinctively Hindu identity, which produced a bonding based on shared religious sentiments. On the other, his evocative use of Hindu religious idioms and symbols diluted the very substance of the unity he envisaged for the nation by antagonizing non-Hindus. This book analyses the predominant themes in Bankimâs writings and also details his impact on the development of Bengali language press and literature. Including two appendices on his life and major writings, and a readings list, this volume will be informative reading for students and teachers of modern Indian history and politics, as well as general readers. Printed Pages: 176. Bookseller Inventory # 18415

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