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Rethinking Modernity

Prafulla C. Kar (Editor) Parul Dave Mukherji (Editor) Santosh Gupta (Editor)
Synopsis This volume, dedicated to the theme of “rethinking modernity” of the Jaipur Conference (2003) of the Forum on Contemporary Theory, looks back on the Western project of modernity and its transformation through ages from multi-disciplinary perspectives. As an identity-marker of the West, the idea of modernity continues to excite and provoke literary scholars, philosophers, political theorists, social critics and art historians in strangely ambivalent ways. The volume addresses modernity’s multi-faceted configurations: in literary and visual representations, in political culture and practice; in philosophical reflections; in sociological thinking; and in technological revolution. Its linkage with colonial processes has given it a distinctive character in the third world context. The volume is a timely reflection on this dominant western paradigm, which has influenced thinking all over the world in diverse ways. It provides useful material for research h scholars and students of such disciplines as literature, history, philosophy, politics, art history and social thought.
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About the authors

Prafulla C. Kar

Prafulla C. Kar is one of the founder editors of the Journal of Contemporary Thought, Baroda. He was until recently Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He was also Deputy Director of the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad during 1982-86. He was a Fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, USA in 1986. Besides editing several scholarly books, he has published papers on American literature, critical theories and new literatures in English.

Parul Dave Mukherji

The author received her B.A. in the History of At from Kala Bhavana, Vishwabharati University, Santiniketan and took her M.A. in the Department of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She then enrolled herself as an M. Phil student at the Faculty or Oriental Studies, Oxford University to work on “The Theory of imitation (anukriti) in Early Indian art” with Prof. B K Matilal. Later, for her doctoral dissertation, she took up the task of editing the Citrasutra of the Visundharmottara Purana with Prof. Alexis Sanderson. Grants from the Charles Wallace, the British Council, the Al Falak Foundation and the Radha Krishnan Memorial Bequest funded her doctoral research. Dr. Dave Mukherji is currently Reader of Art History & Aesthetics at the Faculty of fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She has lectured in India and Europe and published a range of articles on historiography of Art History and the dialectics of nationalism and ‘naturalism’ in the study of Indian art. At present, her research focuses on the question of caste and gender in the study of early treatises of Indian art.

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Santosh Gupta

Santosh Gupta is Professor of English, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, where she was the Head of the Department during 2001-2004. She has edited Contemporary Indian Literature: Positions and Expositions (Jaipur: Rawat, 2001). She has published papers on postcolonial theory, women’s writing and Indian literature in research journals in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rethinking Modernity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185753687
length 254p., Plates; Notes; Index; 23cm.