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|Title||:||Caste and Outcast|
|Author||:||Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Gordon Chang, Akhil Gupta, Purnima Mankekar|
|Publisher||:||Stanford University Press|
|Number of Pages||:||288|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Caste and Outcast A person of rare talent and broad appeal Dhan Gopal Mukerji holds the distinction of being the first South Asian immigrant to have a successful career in the United States as a man of letters As the author of two dozen published volumes of poetry drama fiction social commentary philosophy translations and children s stories Mukerji was a pivotal figure in the transmission and interpretation of Indian traditions to Americans in the first several decades of the twentieth century This reissue of his classic autobiography i Caste and Outcast i with a new Introduction and Afterword seeks to revitalize interest in Mukerji and his work and to contribute to the exploration of the South Asian experience in America .
Originally published in this book is an exercise in both cultural translation and cultural critique In the first half of the book Mukerji draws upon his early experiences as a Bengali Brahmin in India hoping to convey to readers an intimate impression of eastern life the second half describes Mukerji s coming to America and his experiences as a student worker and activist in California .
Mukerji s text written in an engaging personal style is the kind of ethnographic writing that seeks to render intelligible and familiar the unfamiliar and the exotic Gordon H Chang s substantial Introduction locates the story of i Caste and Outcast i within the larger context of Mukerji s life tracing the author s personal history and his connections to such major figures as Jawaharlal Nehru M N Roy Van Wyck Brooks Roger Baldwin and Will Durant The Afterword by Purnima Mankekar and Akhil Gupta examines the ways in which Mukerji stretches the limits of the autobiographical genre and provides a counternarrative to the dominant nationalist account of American society .