Forms of the Left in Postcolonial South Asia: Aesthetics, Networks and Connected Histories

Sanjukta Sunderason (Editor), Lotte Hoek (Editor)

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This book explores the aesthetic forms of the political left across the borders of post-colonial, post-partition South Asia. Spanning India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the contributors study art, film, literature, poetry and cultural discourse to illuminate the ways in which political commitment has been given aesthetic form and artistic value by artists and by cultural and political activists in postcolonial South Asia.

With a focused conceptualization this volume asks: Does the political left in South Asia have a recognizable aesthetic form? And if so, what political effects do left-wing artistic movements and aesthetic artefacts have in shaping movements against inequality and injustice? Reframing political aesthetics within a postcolonial and decolonised framework, the contributors detail the trajectories and transformations of left-wing cultural formations and affiliations and focus on connections and continuities across post-1947/8 India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages312
ISBN (Electronic)9781350179189, 9781350179196
ISBN (Print)9781350179172, 9781350230088
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives in South Asian History
PublisherBloomsbury Academic


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