Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime

Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime : Intervention of a Postcolonial Feminist

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In Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime, Ashmita Khasnabish unites Amartya Sen's concept of pluralistic identity with Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of the "religion of human unity," where the European and Western philosophy of Enlightenment meets the East/India/Bengali intellectual and spiritual thought. The resulting neo-Enlightenment philosophy of identity incorporates Teresa Brennan's theory of the "transmission of affect" and the Relational Cultural Theory, culminating in a discussion of the postcolonial literary texts of Rushdie and more

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  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739122924
  • 9780739122921

About Ashmita Khasnabish

Ashmita Khasnabish was a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University and a visiting research associate at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She is currently a lecturer in the College of General Studies at Boston more

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Ashmita Khasnabish sets forth a very ambitious project in this book - to bring into dialogue disciplines, theoretical schools, and historical moments that are seemingly antithetical: the European Enlightenment and 20thcentury Indian thought, as well as European and American feminisms. She builds her theoretical argument carefully, distilling from the thought of a rich array of theorists elements from which she constructs her own, and very different, system. This is a highly original construct, originating in the author's specific cultural situation. -- Christine Evans, Professor of Comparative Literature, Lesley College Few people have the ability - and the audacity - to combine Western and Eastern philosophies within the pages of one book. But that is exactly what Ashmita Khasnabish has done. Blending psychoanalysis, post-colonial theory, feminism and more, Khasnabish offers a vision of a future built on the humanly sublime. -- Shulamit Reinharz, PhD, Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology; Founding Director Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center Ashmita Khasnabish imagines a humanism that escapes the narrow confines of eurocentrism by embracing Amartya Sen's conviction that we have plural identities. Writing from a feminist point of view, she finds common cause in Sri Aurobindo's supramental consciousness and Luce Irigaray's theory of the divine, and reads Salman Rushdie and Jamaica Kincaid with an eye for psychic and political balance. As a child of the enlightenment and of south Asia, Khasnabish here proposes a purification of western reason. A most interesting and imaginative confluence of thinkers. -- John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime is a very fascinating and rewarding book to read as it addresses some of the perennial problems of humankind in both novel and feminist ways. Also, it provides us with new readings of the works of Jamaica Kincaid that interpret them in very spiritual ways. Antigua and Barbados Review Of Books On the whole, Humanitarian Identity and the Political Sublime is a very complex book. It is ambitious in scope as well as daringly different...For those looking for a fresh approach to postcolonial theory and criticism, this is a most intriguing and rewarding book." CLR James Journalshow more