By way of a formal experiment in speculative entanglement, this essay hopes to set in motion an account of nonviolence as a disposition vested in principles of relationship rather than renunciation. It also counters what the cultural anthropologist Thomas Trautmann has described as the “theory-deadness” of non-Western antiquities—a double effect, we might argue, of their disciplinary incarceration by possessive orientalist modes of expertise and policing by various insurgent cultural nationalisms.
On Sitting: The Death of Sītā
LEELA GANDHI is John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English at Brown University. She is a founding co-editor of Postcolonial Studies, a board member of Postcolonial Text, and a Senior Fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Her publications include Postcolonial Theory (revised edition, 2019), The Common Cause (2015), Affective Communities (2006), and Measures of Home: Selected Poems (2000). She is currently writing a mixed-genre work on contested modernities for nonviolence.
Leela Gandhi; On Sitting: The Death of Sītā. Representations 1 May 2023; 162 (1): 65–92. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2023.162.6.65
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