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A Freethinking Cultural NationalistA Life History of Rahul Sankrityayan$
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Alaka Atreya Chudal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466870.001.0001

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Rahul Sankrityayan’s Autobiography

Rahul Sankrityayan’s Autobiography

The Product of a Prison Cell

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(p.40) Chapter One Rahul Sankrityayan’s Autobiography
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A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist
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Alaka Atreya Chudal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466870.003.0002

This chapter reviews the course of Sankrityayan’s life through a critical study of his autobiography, Merī jīvan yātrā (The journey of my life). The basic facts from Sankrityayan’s autobiography about his life provide the necessary background information for proceeding further. The chapter analyses the genres of autobiography and biography as popular literature within the literary landscape of 20th-century India and highlights the unique space that Sankrityayan’s autobiography occupies within it. It will moves on to consider why Sankrityayan felt such an imperative to write his autobiography in a large number of thick instalments, and why he also engaged in writing biographies of many other persons. Finally, it proposes an outline of his life to serve as a preliminary basis for studying the three major turnings in his life.

Keywords:   Merī jīvan yātrā, autobiography, biography, 20th-century India, Rahul Sankrityayan, popular literature

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