The Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City: Volume I: The City in its Plenitude

Hardcover | November 11, 2013

EditorVinay Lal

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The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays,travel narratives, and scholarly studies in history, anthropology, and cultural studies, this two-volume anthology presents insights into the city with a mix of readings from the most renowned writers, established scholars and authors, and younger voices. Including poems, short stories, essays, and social commentaries by 54 writers, this volume, in particular, looks at the mosaic of the city, the city of imagination, the city in colonial India, the architecture of the city and its streets. With contributions from leading writers and scholarsincluding U.R. Ananthamurthy, Diana L. Eck, Arjun Appadurai, Dilip Chitre, Charles Correa, Rabindranath Tagore, Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie, Herbert Baker, A.K. Ramanujan, Lina M. Fruzzetti, and Majrooh Sultanpuri, this volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Vinay Lal which sets thecontext for the writings and a special "further reading: a select bibliography" for the interested reader.

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The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays,travel narratives, and scholarly studies in...

Vinay Lal is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); he was Professor of History at Delhi University, 2010-11. He is the author and editor of a number of books with OUP, including The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Delhi: OUP, 2003; new and enlarged e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:November 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019809180X

ISBN - 13:9780198091806

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Modern India and the Claims of the CityMosaic of the CityMark Twain: Following the EquatorSir Edwin Arnols: A Handsome City Seated on Two BaysNissim Ezekiel: Irani Restaurant InstructionsNissim Ezekiel: A Morning WalkGieve Patel: City LandscapeDilip Chitre: My Father TravelsGieve Patel: From Bombay CentralAshok Banker: VertigoSaleem Peeradina: A Voyeur is Born and Death of a WellRabindranath Tagore: Nagar-sangit (Song of the City)Buddhadeva Bose: CalcuttaPritish Nandy: Calcutta if you must exile meNirendranath Chakravarty: Calcutta's JesusSunil Gangopadhyay: City of MemoriesLina Fruzzetti and Akos Ostor: Calcutta ConversationsKedarnath Singh: BanarasRavi Dayal: A Kayastha's View of DelhiGhulam M. Sheikh: DelhiSarnath Banerjee: Corridor: A Graphic NovelKulwinder Kaur: Daily hurtsRanjit Lal: City Simians and The RidgeKunwar Narain: LucknowK.S. Narasimhaswamy: From House to HouseDhoomil: The City, Evening, and an Old Man: MeNirupama Dutt: CityscapeImagination of the City, the City of ImaginationA.K. Ramanujan: Oh! Calcutta (folktale)Rabindranath Tagore: City and VillageMajrooh Sultanpuri: Yeh Hai Bombay Meri JaanSalman Rushdie: The Moor's Last SighAmitabha Bhattacharya: Satyajit Ray's Calcutta: Friend or Adversary?Diana L. Eck: Banaras: City of DeathAmitava Kumar: Laloo's Patna, and MineAditya Nigam: The Strange Case of the MonkeymanU.R. Ananthamurthy: Ooru and the WorldAshis Nandy: The Alternative Cosmopolitanism of CochinThe City in Colonial IndiaKaliprasanna Sinha: The Observant OwlG.H.: The Opening of the East Indian RailwaysAmar Farooqui: Opium City: Early Victorian BombayNarendra Luther: HyderabadSidney Low: A Vision of IndiaNirad Chaudhuri: Autobiography of an Unknown IndianKenneth L. Gillion: Ahmedabad: A Study in Urban Indian HistorySudhir Patwardha: The City Political: A PortfolioSpaces, Sights, Surroundings: Architecture of the City and its StreetsHerbert Baker: The New DelhiCharles Correa: Space as a Resource: The New LandscapeArjun Appadurai: Street CultureThankappan Nair: A History of Calcutta's StreetsGautam Bhatia: Punjabi BaroqueSuketu Mehta: MumbaiVinay Lal: The Urban Landscape of DeewaarFurther Reading: A Select BibliographyNotes on ContributorsCopyright Acknowledgments