Spiritual and Corporeal Selves in India: Approaches in a Global World
This volume offers a number of images of contemporary India where glocalization is undoubtedly present. The twelve chapters included here provide different perspectives on the relationship between the corporeal and the spiritual, highlighting the union of both soul and body, which has been present from the very beginning of the Indian civilization.
This volume offers clues to understand the differences and similarities that characterise the East-West encounter through artistic representations in the era of globalisation. It also enhances the importance of re-inscribing the fusion of the spiritual and the corporeal into the academic research agenda. In Western theory, the body has been arguably dismembered and separated from the spiritual. As such, this text opens up a range of possibilities to tackle and debunk the dualism of both the corporeal and the spiritual suggesting a rupture of the “logic” of binary thinking. The contributors specifically focus on Indian culture and analyse how we can empirically and theoretically reconcile mind and body in order to promote active and reciprocal exchanges among educators, students, researchers, social activists, and those professionally and spiritually engaged with Indian studies.
Carmen Escobedo de Tapia is Senior Lecturer at the University of Oviedo, Spain. Her work focuses on the field of contemporary Indian literature in English. In recent years, she has been a Visiting Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Pondicherry University, India, and is currently a Lecturer in the Master of Indian Art at Complutense University in Madrid.
Alejandra Moreno-Álvarez is Senior Lecturer at the University of Oviedo, Spain. Her teaching and research are centred on literatures in English language and feminist and postcolonial theory. She is a member of the Research Project “The Politics, Aesthetics and Marketing of Literary Formulae in Popular Women’s Fiction: History, Exoticism and Romance”, where she focuses on the aesthetics and marketability of popular romance novels in India. She is a Board Member of the Spanish Association for Interdisciplinary India Studies (AEEII).
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