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The Santhal family and the invention of a subaltern counterpublic

Morton, Stephen (2008) The Santhal family and the invention of a subaltern counterpublic In, Dasgupta, Anshuman, Szewczyk, Monika and Watson, Grant (eds.) Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture. Antwerp, Belgium, Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp pp. 56-61.

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With reference to the work of the South Asian Subaltern Studies historians, and to Mahasweta Devi's short fiction, this essay traces the place of the subaltern as a subject of representation in Ramkinkar’s Baij's 1937 public sculpture, Santhal Family. By visualising the plight of a subaltern group who have been excluded from the social and political life of the emergent postcolonial nation state in a style that articulates the aesthetic conventions of tribal art and European primitivism, the essay argues that Santhal Family supplements the emancipatory claims of elite nationalism from the historical perspective of the Santal, and gestures towards a subaltern counterpublic that remains to be invented.

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Published date: 31 January 2008
Keywords: ramkinkar baij, santal family, subaltern, subaltern studies, mahasweta devi, counterpublic


Local EPrints ID: 66095
ISBN: 9072828321
PURE UUID: 795e6b05-ceda-472a-9abd-adaf35c75f82

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:28

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Author: Stephen Morton
Editor: Anshuman Dasgupta
Editor: Monika Szewczyk
Editor: Grant Watson

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