The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.
Chapter 11: Resisting Colonial Modernity: Premchand's Rangabhoomi
Resisting Colonial Modernity: Premchand's Rangabhoomi
This chapter endeavours to explore the language of resistance deployed by Premchand–one of the most important writers in the Hindi–Urdu stream of literature–in opposition to colonial modernity. Rangabhoomi (The Stage), a major novel by Premchand, written in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the Non-Cooperation Movement, serves as a crucial text to elucidate the significant points of this opposition. It was written between October 1922 and April 1924 and was published in February 1925 (Goenka 1981: 44–45). It was hailed as a major achievement, earned Premchand the epithet of Upanyas Samrat (Emperor of the Novel) and sold many more copies than any of his earlier novels. It is the largest novel by Premchand and is ...