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Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi

Vinay Lal (Author)
Synopsis Feminism subaltern studies, postcolonial theory and cultural studies have helped to pose new and important questions about our knowledge of India. But there has been insufficient engagement with local and vernacular elements of Indian civilization. Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi is an attempt to establish a tradition of modern Indian criticism in this regard. The eight engaging essays in this book cover a wide rang of cultural phenomena and offer a sweeping perspective on contemporary Indian society. They explore the national obsession with the Guinness Book of Records and the paranoia over VIP security; the politics of sexuality as embodied in the lifestyles of hijras and the nationalist fevour over the nuclear tests; the impossibility of the Other in the Hindi film; the cricket World Cup; and Gandhi’s life as an ecological treatise, and his experiments with celibacy. Engaging and lively, these essays offer a ‘dissenting, futurist and hermeneutic’ perspective on the modern cultural history of India.
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About the author

Vinay Lal

Vinay Lal is Associate Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles. His most recent works are Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in the Global Economy (Plato Press, 2002), of Cricket, Gandhi, and Guinness: Essays in Indian History and Culture (Seagul Press, 2002) and (edited) Dissenting Knowledge, Open Future: The Multiple Selves and Strange Destinations of Ashis Nandy (Oxford, 2000). He also wrote South Asian Cultural Studies: A Bibliography.

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Title Of Cricket, Guinness and Gandhi
Author Vinay Lal
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0144000059
length xxv+228p., Notes; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History