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World Literature for the Wretched of the EarthAnticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Politics$
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J. Daniel Elam

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289790

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289790.001.0001

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Lala Har Dayal’s Imagination

Lala Har Dayal’s Imagination

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(p.19) 1 Lala Har Dayal’s Imagination
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World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth
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J. Daniel Elam

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823289790.003.0002

This chapter analyses the late work of Lala Har Dayal, the leader of the California-based Punjabi revolutionary Ghadr Party. The chapter draws on Har Dayal’s 1934 Hints for Self Culture to theorize an “imagination” of history that upturns the alleged linear teleology of anticolonial activism.

Keywords:   ethics, Ghadr Party / Ghadar Party, Lala Har Dayal, history, self-culture, utopia, violence

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