Indigenous Vanguards

Pub Date: March 2019

ISBN: 9780231163729

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $65.00£50.00

Pub Date: March 2019

ISBN: 9780231548960

Format: E-book

List Price: $64.99£50.00

Indigenous Vanguards

Education, National Liberation, and the Limits of Modernism

Ben Conisbee Baer

Columbia University Press

In this brilliantly researched book, Ben Conisbee Baer shows us the diversity of the dream of subaltern education shared by global anticolonialism and antiracism. Its relationship to Marxism is given in historical detail. Through meticulous close readings, Indigenous Vanguards shows how the literary both represents and enacts these dreams. The readings of Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal and Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay’s The Tale of Hansuli Turn are provocatively original. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
Nothing short of a disciplinary milestone for new genealogies, epistemologies, and cartographies of the comparative humanities, this impeccably researched and carefully argued literary history maps the configuration of postindependence self-determination movements worldwide. In scope and intellectual sensitivity, Indigenous Vanguards is a major contribution to postcolonial theory and the class stratifications of geomodernism. Emily Apter, New York University
Through a combination of the best of literary theory and an imaginative use of the archive, Baer provides brilliant insights into how anticolonial intellectuals inserted their political projects into what was supposed to be an autonomous aesthetic and, in the process, transformed the culture of the long twentieth century. Precise in its reading of cultural movements and texts, this book is a remarkable display of how a comparative approach makes modernism new again. Simon Gikandi, Princeton University
1. Harlem/Berlin: Shadows of Vanguards Between Prussia and Afro-America
2. Négritude (Slight Return): The African Laboratory of Bicephalingualism
3. Négritude (Slight Return) II: Aimé Césaire and the Uprooting Apparatus
4. Educating Mexico: D. H. Lawrence and Indigenismo Between Postcolonial Horror and Postcolonial Hope
5. India Outside India: Gandhi, Fiction, and the Pedagogy of Violence

About the Author

Ben Conisbee Baer is associate professor of comparative literature at Princeton University. He translated and introduced Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay’s landmark modern Bengali novel The Tale of Hansuli Turn (Columbia, 2011).