This essay argues that Romanticism’s legacy in modern Indian literature has been constructed under the shadow of its colonial heritage. Although the Romantic period witnessed the enthusiastic “discovery” of classical Indian literature by British Orientalists, Romantic imperialism (which went hand-in-hand with Romantic orientalism) played a darker role in instituting a colonial educational system in India which denigrated Indian languages and literatures. Modern Indian literature represented by popular fictional writers from R.K. Narayan to Arundhati Roy registers this complex colonial inheritance by its qualified and often ironic celebration of British Romantic literature along with its associated ideologies of freedom, truth, and beauty.
|Title of host publication||Legacies of Romanticism|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literature, Culture, Aesthetics|
|Editors||Carmen Casaliggi, Paul March-Russell|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Romanticism|