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Scholarly Article

Himalaya Jana

Literary Discourse as Site of Colonial Encounter in Nineteenth Century Bengal

Volume
3
Issue
4
Pages:
38-48
Keywords:

colonial, Bengal, nineteenth century, English literature

Abstract

The contention in this essay is that the colonial encounter in nineteenth-century Bengal was to a certain extent negotiated through the study of English literature and that a creative engagement with English literature opened up for Bengalis a discursive terrain where not only did they come to terms with an alien culture but reconstituted their subjectivity in relation to it. This paper is an attempt to locate the emergence of this new subjectivity—fraught with innumerable contradictions—within a discursive terrain where notions of literariness were being shaped and contested.

About the Author

Himalaya Jana is an assistant professor of English at Raghunathpur College. He did his M. A. at University of Calcutta and M. Phil. at Jadavpur University. He is currently engaged in doctoral research at Jadavpur University. He may be contacted at himalaya.jana@gmail.com.

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