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Emotional World of the Bengal Renaissance

Bengal Renaissance Exploring Emotional History: Gender, Mentality and Literature in the Indian Awakening by Rajat Kanta Ray; Oxford University Press, 2001; pp xii+333, Rs 595.

Heroes, Histories and Booklets

The new emergence of the educated and politically conscious middle class of dalit-bahujan origin in UP and Bihar active in writing, propagating and publishing literature, with a view to creating awareness among the backward classes coincides with the rise of bahujan politics through the early 1980s. The emergence of new heroes in literature and hitherto neglected and ignored traditions is related to the need to acquire self-respect and social acceptance. But in its search for identity, dalit-bahujan literature, by propping itself up as counter-literature, also seeks realisation by a negation of brahminic literature.

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