Forests as Settings for Stories of Nationhood and Modernity
Anupama Mohan
INDIA’S FORESTS, REAL AND IMAGINED: WRITING THE MODERN NATION by By Alan Johnson Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2023, 280 pp., INR 7899.00
February 2024, volume 48, No 2

That an academic book on literary representations of Indian forests provides a searching examination of Indian nationhood in the last 150 years makes it already a remarkable work of criticism; that its vantage—the forests of India—also yields a kaleidoscopic view of India’s diverse and ancient past of ecological engagement makes Alan Johnson’s India’s Forests an invaluable work of literary and environmentalist historiography. In an excellent, wide-ranging introduction, Johnson outlines the book’s theme and methodology:

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