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The Plough and the Pen

Raha, Bipasha:
The Plough and the Pen : Peasantry, Agriculture and the Literati in Colonial Bengal / Bipasha Raha. - New Delhi : Manohar, 2012. - 318 S.
ISBN 978-81-7304-941-5
Rs. 975,00
US$ 36,75 (South Asia Books)
US$ 43,25 (D.K. Agencies)
US$ 55,00 (Vedams Books)
US$ 58,50 (K.K. Agencies)
DDC: 891.4409355

Since the 1830s Bengal witnessed a vast outpouring of creative writing. Their authors came from diverse social background. In some cases their portrayal of the peasantry was a manifestation of their coherent agrarian thinking. The interest centred on the legal and social status of peasants; types of tenures and their obligations; organization of agrarian production; impact of world economic forces on agrarian economy and; existing land legislations.
   This book brings forward hitherto unexplored aspects of literati perception of peasants and agriculture in colonial Bengal. It focuses on representation of the peasant in different literary genres, on issues related to agriculture and rural resuscitation at a time when there was intensification of the nationalist movement and the necessity of acquiring a mass base becomes crucial for some members of the literati. Analysis of vernacular literature, including tract literature and those authored by men not well known socially, much of it still untapped, makes this book a pioneering one. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Abbreviations
1. Colonial Rule : The Changing Rural Landscape
2. Evolution of Agrarian Thinking
3. Debating the Peasant (1859-1885)
4. The Ploughmen's Poet
5. Changing Images of the Rural World and the Political Programme
6. Conclusion
Glossary of Indian Terms

BIPASHA RAHA is Reader in History and teaches at the Department of History, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. Profile page.

Quellen: Manohar; Vedams Books; South Asia Books; D.K. Agencies; WorldCat; K.K. Agencies

Raha: The Plough and the Pen, 2012