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New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices

Partha Chatterjee (Editor) Kar Bodhisattva (Editor) Tapati Guha-Thakurta (Editor)

The essays in this volume describe certain major fields of cultural practice—textual, visual, aural, ritual, and spatial—in which the twin tasks of dealing with the material and the representational, or of explanation and interpretation, have been tackled in the recent historiography of India. Thus, it explores the continuous morphing of the cultural into the worlds of the social and political—the central idea of the book—and brings into a fresh dialogue the cultural materialities and practices of colonial and contemporary India.

This volume is the third in a series on 'New Cultural Histories of India' facilitated by the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. The present volume provides new insights into some of the key transitions in both subject matter and method that characterize the so-called cultural turn in history writing on India.

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About the authors

Partha Chatterjee

Partha Chatterjee, a founding member of 'Subaltern Studies', is a renowned political theorist. His books include A Princely Impostor? The Kumar of Bhawal and the Secret History of ndian Nationalism (Permanent Black and Princeton University Press, 2003). He is Direcetor of the Centre for Studies in Social sciences, Calcutta, and Visiting Profeesor of Anthropology, Columbia University.

Kar Bodhisattva

Kar Bodhisattva is Senior Lecturer, Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town.

Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Tapati Guha-Thakurta is Professor of History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata. The author of the Making of a new 'Indian' Art: Artists, Aesthetics, and Nationalism in Bengal, She is a specialist on art and the cultural history of modern India.

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Title New Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.04.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780198090373
length 492p.,
Subjects History