Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-v

Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

If a project like this has a beginning, then it began with my grandfather. Every Saturday morning he would take me to Cargill’s. We would buy two books, three if I was lucky, to be followed by steak and kidney pie at Pagoda. Eventually, Appa introduced me to the canon....

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Introduction: Abiding by Sri Lanka

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pp. xi-xlvi

Newton Gunasinghe, in his 1984 essay “May Day after the July Holocaust,” made a cortical, if now almost forgotten, intervention into the Sri Lankan debate on peace. He contended, about what was beginning to be called the “ethnic conflict”:...

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1 Better Things to Do: (Dis)Placing Sri Lanka, (Re)Conceptualizing Postcoloniality

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pp. 1-33

At the beginning of his narrative, Valentine Daniel lets the reader know how he stumbled upon Sri Lankan violence as an object of study. When he thought up his project in 1982, he had planned to write about UpCountry Tamil workers and to produce an alternative account of...

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2 Majority Rules: Reading a Sinhalese Nationalist History

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pp. 34-103

Crushed culturally and politically for some four and a half long centuries by three Christian Western powers (Portugal, Holland, Britain), attacked incessantly by Tamils (Hindus from southern India) in the even longer centuries before colonialism; in short, subjugated, dispossessed, victimized...

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3 Minority Matters: Reading a Tamil Nationalist History

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pp. 104-168

The autobiography of Tamil nationalism produces the transformations in its political demands—beginning with enhanced legislative representation and constitutional protection from discrimination by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, and disregard from British officialdom in the...

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4 What, to the Leftist, Is a Good Story? Two Fictional Critiques of Nationalism

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pp. 169-223

First, some brutal summaries of the French critique of history that perhaps belong in a previous chapter but could also serve as an introduction to this one. To Foucault (1973), history is not the working out of an objective process that the discipline merely reflects but the ground of,...

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Conclusion: Does Democracy Inhibit Peace?

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pp. 224-245

This study has approached the question of peace in Sri Lanka, perhaps somewhat insistently, not just from a postempiricist and postcolonial but also from a leftist perspective. The script the study is produced by—its inheritances, convictions, and commitments, whether theoretical, ethical,...

Notes

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pp. 247-260

Bibliography

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pp. 261-269

Index

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pp. 271-273

About the Author

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p. 274