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Mutual Regards: An Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings

Kapil Kapoor (Author)

This is an anthology of parallel texts from the Irish and Indian intellectual traditions ranging over what scholars have said about the two countries’ histories of turmoil, their philosophies of mind and being, their myths and fantasies, their contemplative imagination as expressed in their lyrical poetry, their learning in medicine, history, linguistics and poetics, the records left about them by Irishmen who came to India and by Indians who went to Ireland and the contemporary engagements between the two countries.

The volume shows that, despite major differences between the two countries, contacts and similarities between them have been substantial. The recorded testimonies of Irish people and Indians who have visited the respective countries demonstrate that in both cases the experience has been a warm and encouraging one, which has led the visitor to become more aware of what is meant by nationality, what he or she has acquired from his or her country of origin and what he or she has gained by contact with another society and another culture. That the two appear to share the same spirit of the self is attested by the fact that they both end up in the twentieth century, by coincidence or destiny, with the symbolism in their flags of the same three colours - orange, white and green.

Contents: Introduction. 1. The scholar’s view. 2. Defining the nations: i. The early years. ii. The age of invasions. iii. The establishment of British rule. iv. The nineteenth century: political and cultural nationalism. v. The twentieth century: the coming of independence and continuing divisions. 3. Immaterialism: mind and being. 4. Myth, supernaturalism and fantasy. 5. The contemplative imagination. 6. Learning, medicine, history, language and literature. 7. Irish people in India and Indians in Ireland. Appendix. Index.

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About the author

Kapil Kapoor

Kapil Kapoor (b. 1940) is Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1997-1999 and Rector of the University from 1999-2002. His teaching and research interests include literary and linguistic theories - both Indian and Western, philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought, and Indian intellectual traditions. He has been lecturing on these themes and has written extensively on them. He has been teaching for almost forty-five years now. Literary Theory - Indian Conceptual Framework (1998); Canonical Texts of Literary Criticism (1995); Language, Literature and Linguistics - The Indian Perspective (1994); and South Asian Love Poetry (1994) and Text and Interpretation in the Indian Tradition (2005)are among his publications.

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Title Mutual Regards: An Anthology of Indo-Irish Writings
Author Kapil Kapoor
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D.K. Printworld
Language: English
isbn 9788124608982
length xvi+712p.