New Cultural Histories of India

Hardcover | November 3, 2014

EditorPartha Chatterjee, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Bodhisattva Kar

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This book examines the new orientations in the writing of cultural histories of India from the pre-colonial and early modern period into the postcolonial and contemporary era. It analyses the "materialist" turn through wide-ranging textual, visual, aural, ritual, and spatial resources likeeighteenth-century scribal literature in western India, art deco architecture in twentieth century Calcutta, contemporary urban spaces, early illustrated Bengali almanacs, circulating heads in Naga hills, football in Calcutta's politics, performance and film-making studies in south India, andMayawati's monuments in Lucknow. The essays examine how recent interdisciplinary studies have enriched our understanding of cultural pasts and presents. Providing an overview of the popular and public manifestations of cultures over time, this volume traces the distinct trajectory of culturalhistories of India. It highlights the need for a more dynamic formulation of new cultural history of India in the present era of globalization. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars, researchers, and students of history, cultural studies, sociology, politics, as well as film and media studies.

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This book examines the new orientations in the writing of cultural histories of India from the pre-colonial and early modern period into the postcolonial and contemporary era. It analyses the "materialist" turn through wide-ranging textual, visual, aural, ritual, and spatial resources likeeighteenth-century scribal literature in wester...

Partha Chatterjee is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Columbia University, and Honorary Professor at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC). Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Director and Professor of History at CSSSC. Bodhisattva Kar is Fellow in History at CSSSC.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 0.1 inPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198090374

ISBN - 13:9780198090373

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List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgementsPartha Chatterjee, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, and Bodhisattva Kar: Introduction: New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and PracticesPART I: THE TEXTUAL1. Francesca Orsini: For a Multilingual Literary History: North India in the Long Fifteenth Century2. Prachi Deshpande: Scripting the Cultural History of Language: Modi in the Colonial Archive3. Rosinka Chaudhuri: Poet of the Present: The Material Object in the World of Iswar GuptaPART II: THE VISUAL4. Christopher Pinney: The Look of History: The Power of the Aesthetic5. Kajari Jain: The Handbag that Exploded: Mayawati's Monuments and the Aesthetics of Democracy in Post-reform India6. Tapati Guha-Thakurta: Conceits of the Copy: Travelling Replicas of the Past and the PresentPART III: THE AURAL7. Rajan Kurai Krishnan: When Kathavarayan Spoke His Mind: The Intricate Dynamics of the Formations of the Political through Film Making Practices in Tamil Nadu8. Lakshmi Subramanian: Music Revivals - Major and Minor: Studying the Politics of Performance in Modern South IndiaPART IV: THE RITUAL9. Gautam Bhadra: Pictures in Celestial and Worldly Time: Illustrations in Nineteenth-century Bengali Almanacs10. Partha Chatterjee: Football and Collective Identity in Colonial Calcutta11. Bodhisattva Kar: Heads in the Naga HillsPART V: THE SPATIAL12. Swati Chattopadhyay: 'Metro Pattern': Art Deco Residences and Modern Visuality in Calcutta13. Sanjay Srivastava: Urban Spaces, Post-nationalism and the Making of the Consumer-Citizen in India14. Srirupa Roy: When the Revolution is Televised: Reflections on Media, Civil Society and Power in Contemporary IndiaNotes on Contributors