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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture

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Rashmi Sadana, Vasudha Dalmia, Ann Grodzins Gold, Stuart Blackburn, Amita Baviskar, Smriti Srinivas, Christophe Jaffrelot, Supriya Chaudhuri, Debjani Ganguly, Sonal Khullar, Kajri Jain, Ravi S. Vasudevan, Amanda Weidman, Amrita Ibrahim
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  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521516259

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  • India is changing at a rapid pace as it continues to move from its colonial past to its globalised future. This Companion offers a framework for understanding that change, and how modern cultural forms have emerged out of very different histories and traditions. The book provides accounts of literature, theatre, film, modern and popular art, music, television and food; it also explores in detail social divisions, customs, communications and daily life. In a series of engaging, erudite and occasionally moving essays the contributors, drawn from a variety of disciplines, examine not merely what constitutes modern Indian culture, but just how wide-ranging are the cultures that persist in the regions of India. This volume will help the reader understand the continuities and fissures within Indian culture and some of the conflicts arising from them. Throughout, what comes to the fore is the extraordinary richness and diversity of modern Indian culture.

    • Contains new essays on a range of cultural and social topics, from caste to avant-garde art, food to film
    • Explains the contemporary relevance of cultural analysis in the context of a modern, globalising India
    • Aimed at students of South Asian literature, languages and culture
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture would be an excellent addition to a college or university library that supports India studies, cultural studies, anthropology or history departments and a good textbook for a class on Indian culture.' Sue Phelps, Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521516259
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Rashmi Sadana and Vasudha Dalmia
    Part I. Cultural Contexts:
    1. Scenes of rural change Ann Grodzins Gold
    2. The formation of tribal identities Stuart Blackburn
    3. Food and agriculture Amita Baviskar
    4. Urban forms of religious practice Smriti Srinivas
    5. The politics of caste identities Christophe Jaffrelot
    Part II. Cultural Forms:
    6. History and representation in the Bengali novel Supriya Chaudhuri
    7. Writing in English Rashmi Sadana
    8. Dalit life histories Debjani Ganguly
    9. Three traditions in modernist art Sonal Khullar
    10. Mass reproduction and the art of the bazaar Kajri Jain
    11. Urban theatre and the turn towards 'folk' Vasudha Dalmia
    12. Aesthetics and politics in popular cinema Ravi S. Vasudevan
    13. Musical genres and national identity Amanda Weidman
    14. Voyeurism and the family on television Amrita Ibrahim
    Further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to South Asian Cultures and Literatures
    • Postcolonial identity and Indian Literature
  • Editors

    Vasudha Dalmia, University of California, Berkeley
    Vasudha Dalmia is Professor of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Rashmi Sadana, George Mason University, Virginia
    Rashmi Sadana is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


    Rashmi Sadana, Vasudha Dalmia, Ann Grodzins Gold, Stuart Blackburn, Amita Baviskar, Smriti Srinivas, Christophe Jaffrelot, Supriya Chaudhuri, Debjani Ganguly, Sonal Khullar, Kajri Jain, Ravi S. Vasudevan, Amanda Weidman, Amrita Ibrahim

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