Between Love and Freedom interprets the figure of the revolutionary in the Hindi novel by establishing its lineage in representative Bengali novels, as well as in the contending moralities of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagat Singh on the idea of violence. It reveals how conventional social realism and emergent modernist modes were brought together in the novelistic tradition by extending the political ideal of anti-colonial revolution into domains of sexual desire and subjective expression, especially in the works of Agyeya, Jainendra, and Yashpal. This work will deeply interest scholars and students of literature, modern Indian history, Hindi, and political science.

chapter |27 pages

The Revolutionary

Introspection and Extrospection

chapter 1|26 pages

Strands from the Bengali Literary Heritage

The Construction of the Moral Revolutionary

chapter 2|28 pages

Bhagat Singh and Gandhi

Competing Moralities Regarding the Question of Revolutionary Sacrifice

chapter 3|27 pages

Jainendra Kumar and the Hindi Novelistic Tradition

The Political Revolutionary in the Social, Filial, and Affective Spheres

chapter 4|25 pages


Enmeshments of Revolutionary Subjectivity

chapter 5|24 pages

Yashpal's Novels

Revolutionaries, Social Relations, and the Reconsolidation of the Realist Narrative

chapter |9 pages


The Hindi Novel as Political Romance