India after World History

India after World History

Literature, Comparison, and Approaches to Globalization

In the twenty-first century, terms such as globalization, global, and world function as key words at the cusp of new frontiers in both historical writing and literary criticism. Practitioners of these disciplines may appear to be long time intimate lovers when seen from pre and early modern time periods, only to divorce with the coming of Anglophone world history in the twenty-first century. In recent years, works such as Martin Puchner’s The Written World, Maya Jasanoff’s The Dawn Watch, or the three novels that encompass Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy, have rekindled a variant of history and literature’s embrace in a global register. This book probes recent scholarship concerning reflections on global history and world literature in the wake of these developments, with a primary focus on India as a site of extensive theoretical and empirical advances in both disciplinary locations. Inclusive of reflections on the meeting points of these disciplines as well as original research in areas such as Neo-Platonism in world history, histories of violence, and literary histories exploring indentured labor and capitalist transformation, the book offers reflections on conceptual advances in the study of globalization by placing global history and world literature in conversation.
  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
    • Patrick Manning
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: Globalization, Global, and World as Keywords for History and Literature
    • Neilesh Bose
  • Chapter 2. Can we have a global literary history?
    • Alex Beecroft
  • Chapter 3. World History Needs a Better Relationship with Literary History
    • Jonathan Arac
  • Chapter 4. Re-Gifting Theory to Europe: The Romantic Worlds of Nineteenth Century India
    • Kedar Kulkarni
  • Chapter 5. Violence, Indenture and Capitalist Realism in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies
    • Nandini Dhar
  • Chapter 6. Vacant Villages: Policing Riots in Colonial India
    • Radha Kumar
  • Chapter 7. The Neoplatonic Renaissance from the Thames to the Ganges
    • Jos Gommans
  • Chapter 8. Radical Presentism
    • J. Daniel Elam
  • Chapter 9. Liberating World Literature: Alex La Guma in Exile
    • Christopher J. Lee
  • Afterword
    • B. Venkat Mani
  • About the Authors
  • Index



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