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Atlantic Gandhi: The Mahatma Overseas Hardcover – 18 December 2012


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[The book] opens a new window explaining the Gandhian construct of the “Indian nation” as being deeply rooted in the 19th century Atlantic revolutionary legacies...the book contends the popular belief that Gandhi’s South Africa experiments were novel yet merely a preparatory phase for his formidable contribution to Indian nationalism...[it is] a groundbreaking work revealing the Atlantic linkages of Gandhian thoughts and tactics.... A must read.

(The Hindu)

[The book] throws open a rich corpus worth engaging with...it traces Gandhi’s life as a cosmopolitan diasporic subject whose life abroad connects provocatively with the ferment of ideas around the Atlantic rim...the author’s appreciable effort is visible from the corpus of reference used to etch the volume.

(Social Change)

Nalini Natarajan makes a persuasive case for understanding Gandhi’s diasporic sojourns abroad as the transformative foundation for his mature sociopolitical position. Gandhi’s only time within the Atlantic region was his journeys to London. Thus the “Atlantic” in Natarajan’s title refers not primarily to a place, but to an analytic: the notion of the Atlantic region as ground zero for the development of the modern capitalist world-system…. this important and eminently readable book not only makes critical interventions into both Indian diaspora and Black Atlantic studies, but also the history and politics of the modern world.

--New West Indian Guide(2016 forthcoming).

About the Author

Nalini Natarajan is a Professor at the English Department, College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico in the US, where she has been teaching at since 1987.

Prior to this, she taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (1978–80) and Miranda House, Delhi (1984–86), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (1986–87). She obtained her Ph.D from University of Aberdeen, UK in 1984.

She has written a book titled Woman and Indian Modernity: Readings of Colonial and Postcolonial Novels in 2002, and edited Handbook of Twentieth Century Literatures of India in 1996, which received the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. She has also contributed articles in many other books.

Besides this book, she has also just completed a book published by Terranova Press, entitled ‘The Resonating Island’―a series of intercultural essays on the Caribbean and South Asia.

Through her background and domicile, she combines an interest in India and its many regions, local languages and cultures, British domestic and imperial culture in the nineteenth century, feminist theory, and Caribbean and Latin American issues. She has proposed innovative courses in these areas.

Her interests are travel, memoir-writing, cooking and the promotion of popular forms of inter-cultural music and dance.

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