“Banerjee draws on field research, historical accounts, and document analysis to paint a nuanced portrait of past and contemporary sensibilities about proper national men and women. Her approach serves as a model for future nationalist studies.”
—Joane Nagel, author of Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality: Intimate Intersections, Forbidden Frontiers
"Muscular Nationalism is so gritty and smart. Sikata Banerjee reveals how in both Ireland and India a nationalized masculinism has relied on controlling ideas and practices of femininity. This is feminist analysis at its sharpest.”
—Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
“Banerjee does a stupendous job of introducing readers to a wide array of historical evidence from different cultures and eras while making them aware of the gendered underpinnings of nationalism. The work is an excellent principal text not simply as an introduction to Indian and Irish nationalisms but primarily because of the refreshing emphasis on the role of women who have to constantly negotiate with the dominant male discourse of nationalism. This book challenges readymade notions of differences between nationalism in South Asian colonies and in the core regions of British Empire such as Ireland. Her particular analysis of the relationship between violence, masculinity and nationalisms across cultures is the greatest strength of the work. Her analysis of wider timer period extending from an incipient state of nationalism in the colonial world to recent developments in post imperial era is also refreshingly new for historians. There is no doubt that the book will be regarded as a seminal contribution in the field of gender studies and feminist theoretical approach to nationalisms.”
—Subho Basu, co-author of Paradise Lost?: State Failure in Nepal
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