TITLE: Overlooked Voices: A Postcolonial Indian Quest
EDITOR: C.I. David Joy
PUBLISHED: September 2015
ABSTRACT: Overlooked Voices: A Postcolonial Indian Quest is an attempt to present major engagements of the native Christians with postcolonial perspectives during the colonial period. By placing a postcolonial historiography, the author brings out significant reconstructions of history with the help of theoretical framework and hermeneutical outlook. The book defines a possible historiography for understanding colonial and postcolonial communities including the political undercurrents. It is argued that hermeneutics plays an important role in redefining the texts and contexts. A study that reveals the reasons behind a fresh quest in terms of postcolonial historiography is a unique feature of this book. After highlighting the background of the emergence of hermeneutical tools in the colonial and postcolonial India, the study proceeds to explain some basic features of resistance movements during the colonial period. The book proposes that women voices too played a vital role during the process in terms of initiating native leadership which led to the initial phase of indinization. It is noted that both liturgy and the Bible stood firm as tools of emancipation of the people of the margins. This study, thus, argues that native voices during the colonial period indeed paved way for the emergence of postcolonial thinking pattern in many ways.
Praise for Overlooked Voices
“In this important volume C.I. David Joy calls for a postcolonial approach to the history of the Christian religion and churches in India. The volume is significant not only what it does, which it does very well indeed, and for what it proposes, which is most consequential, but also for its logical ramifications, material as well as discursive, for all other areas of the global colonial world. The remembering and recovering of “overlooked voices”- the emergence of the postcolonial moment of critical thinking- is a worthy as well as imperative endeavor, and for this we should be most grateful.”
— Fernando Segovia, Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School
“In contending that postcolonial impulses took shape and root when native Indians resisted Victorian and British Raj’s agenda and way of live, David Joy engages with and unearths voices of the subalterns during India’s colonial period. There is much here to engender (in multiple directions) uncomfortable and necessary conversations in the life of India’s ecclesial communities.”
— Michael N. Jagessar, writer, theologian and a former moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, UK
“This book marks a significant milestone in the development of postcolonial studies from a Christian perspective showing Indian resistance to hegemony of domination.”
— Canon Dr. Mukti Barton, The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK
The Rev. Dr. C.I.David Joy is a presbyter of the Church of South India, South Kerala Diocese, currently he is Professor, teaching New Testament, at the United Theological College, Bangalore. He is also an editor for the International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology. He is also one of the editorial board members of SOMA a Journal published by St.John’s University of Tanzania. His recent books include: Christology: Re-visited: Profiles and Prospects (Bangalore: ATC, 2007),Mark and its Subalterns: A Hermeneutical Paradigm for a Postcolonial Context (London: Equinox, 2008), Not by the Might but by the Spirit (Delhi: ISPCK, 2008) , and Kurisile Rithubhedangal (Trivandrum:TTF,2009), Kurisithe Dhyanavazhikal(Tiruvalla: CSS, 2012), I and 2 Peter: A Commentary (Kottayam: TLC, 2012), Hermeneutics: Foundations and New Trends(Delhi:ISPCK, 2012) and Kurisnte Dhyanavazhikal (Tiruvall:CSS, 2012).His recent edited volumes include Biblical Theology (Tiruvalla:CSS, 2008), Transforming Praxis (Delhi:ISPCK, 2008), Bible and Hermeneutics(Tiruvalla: CSS, 2010)and co-edited along with Joseph Duggan, Decolonizing the Body of Christ: Theology and Theory after Empire?(Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).