This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the idea of the nation, and offers a critical engagement with the contending manifestations of nationhood. Nations and Nationalisms provides an exhaustive overview of various theories and theorists of nationalism – from classical thinkers such as Marx and Max Weber to contemporary intellectuals like Foucault and Yael Tamir. It contextualises nationalisms by analysing a range of issues – such as globalisation, transnationalism, subnationalisms, stateless nationalisms, neo-nationalism and the cyberstate – and focuses specifically on the debates on nation-building in India.
A separate chapter surveys Indian English fiction's negotiations with nationalism. Drawing on numerous examples from around the world, the book charts the permutations and transformations in the conceptual space of the nation.
Kaustav Chakraborty is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Southfield College, Darjeeling, West Bengal. His publications include Queering Tribal Folktales from East and Northeast India.
Krishna Sen is former Professor and Head of English at the University of Calcutta, and was the Leverhulme Visiting Professor of English at the University of Leeds. Her publications include A Short History of American Literature (Orient BlackSwan 2017).