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Periodical Press and Colonial Modernity: Odisha, 1866-1936

Sachidananda Mohanty (Author)

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed the emergence of colonial modernity in Odisha through the genre of the periodical press. How did the modernity project evolve in colonial Odisha? What were its contours? Was this modernity entirely consensual, or was it contested in the pages of the periodicals through an alternative modernity? This book addresses these and other questions about a forgotten chapter of Indias intellectual history. Tracing the growth and decline of the Odia periodical press, the book studies its interface with colonial/alternative modernity in the region. It explores various aspects of two pioneering Odia magazinesthe newspaper journal Utkal Dipika and the literary journal Utkal Sahityatheir economic and political bases, their patronage systems, the cultural and ideological backgrounds of their editors, and the role these journals played in shaping the Odia literary sensibility and identity. It shows how the periodical press shaped ideas and the material culture of the region and, in turn, got metamorphosed by the play of contemporary cultural and ideological forces.

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About the author

Sachidananda Mohanty

Recipient of The Katha Award - 1992 (Presented by the President of India) , Sachidananda Mohanty is currently on the faculty of the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. The author has earlier taught English Literature at Utkal and Berhampur University in Orissa. Educated at Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Pondicherry and the University of Hyderabad, Dr. Mohanty received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1987. He was the British Council Visitor in U.K. for 1990 and during 1990-91 he was the Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A. Dr. Mohanty's writings have appeared in some of the leading journals and newspapers of the country and his first book Phonix in Peacock's Land : D.H. Lawrence Scholarship in India (co-authored) was earlier published by The Writer's Workshop, Calcutta.

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Title Periodical Press and Colonial Modernity: Odisha, 1866-1936
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199461473 , 9780199461479
length xiv+143p., 23cm.