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Third World ProtestBetween Home and the World$
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Rahul Rao

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560370.001.0001

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Born Sneerers or Ironic Nationalists? Joyce, Tagore, Said, Fanon

Born Sneerers or Ironic Nationalists? Joyce, Tagore, Said, Fanon

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Third World Protest

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The chapter describes the protest sensibilities of four writers—James Joyce, Rabindranath Tagore, Edward Said, and Frantz Fanon—who were fierce critics of nationalism even as they wished fervently for the success of national liberation movements. This ambiguous attitude towards nationalism was underpinned by complex spatial imaginaries of threat, in which the freedom of the political communities with which they identified was perceived to be threatened both from outside and within. As anti‐imperialists, they made the case for subaltern nationalism; but an anxiety about the oppressions inherent in nationalist mobilization also led them to a critique of nationalism. Tagore, Said, and Fanon attempted to square this circle by viewing nationalism as a transitory stage through which subaltern resistance must pass to recuperate the identity and sense of self that imperialism had trampled underfoot, but which must then subsume itself in postcolonial universality once this goal had been attained.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, nationalism, postcolonial, resistance, imperialism, James Joyce, Rabindranath Tagore, Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, The Home and the World

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