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1 Vasudha Dalmia
Fiction As History: The Novel and the City in Modern North India
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2017; 817824487X / 9788178244877; Hardcover; New; New; 
This book provides a panoramic view of the intellectual and cultural life of North India over a century – from the aftermath of the 1857 uprising to the end of the Nehruvian era.The North’s historical cities, rooted in an Indo-Persianate culture, began changing more slowly than the Presidency towns founded by the British. Focusing on six major cities – Agra, Allahabad, Banaras, Delhi, Lahore, and Lucknow – Dalmia takes up eight canonical Hindi novels set in them to trace a literary history of domestic and political cataclysms. Her exploration of emerging Hindu middle classes, changing personal and professional ambitions, and new notions of married life provides a vivid sense of urban modernity.She looks at the radical social transformations associated with post-1857 urban restructuring, and at the political flux resulting from social reform, Gandhian nationalism, communalism, Partition, and the Cold War. These, she argues, shaped the realm of the intimate as much as the public sphere. Love and friendship, notions of privacy, attitudes to women’s work, and relationships within households are among the book’s major themes. Printed Pages: 444. 111473

Price: 49.75 USD
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2 Dhanpat Rai Premchand; Translated By Gordon C. Roadarmel; with a New Introduction By Vasudha Dalmia
Godaan (The Gift of a Cow)
Permanent Black; Ranikhet, India; 2005; 8178240408 / 9788178240404; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Premchand is the most famous Hindi novelist, and Godaan is Premchand’s most celebrated novel. Economic and social conflict in a north Indian village are brilliantly captured in the story of Hori, a poor farmer, and his family’s struggle for survival and self-respect. Hori does everything he can to fulfill his life’s desire: to own a cow, the peasant’s measure of wealth and well-being. Like many Hindus of his time, he believes that making the gift of a cow to a Brahman before he dies will help him achieve salvation. An engaging introduction to India before Independence, Godaan is at once village ethnography, moving human document, and insightful colonial history. Out of print for many years, this translation is regarded as a classic in itself. Printed pages: 470. 031487

Price: 9.25 USD
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3 Vasudha Dalmia
Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories
Orient BlackSwan/Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8178243997 / 9788178243993; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
In her Introduction to this book—which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history—Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in greater historical depth the relationship between language, religion, and society in India, as well as the ever-changing role of its religious and social institutions; second, to recognize that the Hindu tradition, which colonials and nationalists tend to see as monolithic, is in fact a multiplicity of distinct and semi-autonomous strands. Professor Dalmia’s work reveals a steady focus on Indian religious traditions, sects, and histories which, over several hundred years, came to collectively comprise what in the nineteenth century became known as Hinduism. In her first essay, Max Müller’s study of the Veda is positioned within a larger history of German philosophical interest in eastern thought. Müller appears less an exceptional German scholar and eccentric Oxford phenomenon once his derivation and links with earlier European Indology are made clear. Subsequent essays look at the building blocks of colonial knowledge-formation, law-making, and pedagogy in colonial India, and the role in these of Banaras; at some of the major components of the Vaishnava Bhakti tradition; at pre-modern vernacular narratives that fed into constructing the modern Hindi novel and the Hindu ‘nari’; and at the history of modern Hindi literature. Anyone interested in the plurality of Hinduism, women’s issues, and Indian cultural history will find this book immensely interesting.Printed Pages: 374. 102277

Price: 17.96 USD
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4 Stuart Blackburn and Vasudha Dalmia (eds)
India's Literary History: Essays on the Nineteenth Century
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8178241722 / 9788178241722; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 524 with numerous b/w illustrations. 015666

Price: 16.50 USD
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5 Vasudha Dalmia
Orienting India: European Knowledge Formation in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Three Essays; Gurgaon, India; 2003; 8188789011 / 9788188789016; First Edition; Hardcover; New; Very Good; 
Printed Pages: 93. Slightly rubbed dust jacket. 019738

Price: 4.00 USD
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6 Vasudha Dalmia and Munis D. Faruqui (eds)
Religious Interactions in Mughal India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2014; 0198081677 / 9780198081678; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Hindu-Muslim interactions in medieval and early modern India have been mostly studied in monolithic or antagonistic terms. This volume not only explores the multiplicity within a given religious tradition but also focuses on the exchanges across the various religious communities in north India from AD 1500 to 1800—thereby presenting a panoramic view of religious interactions during the period broadly regarded as Mughal. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the essays in this volume focus on Islamicate and Hindu traditions in their interactions with one another. They interrogate the idea of 'Hindu' and 'Muslim' as polarized religious identities existing from the moment Muslims entered north India in the eleventh century, and discuss the close intertwining of religious traditions with political power, while also highlighting the diversity of traditions in active conversation with one another. Given the contentious nature of Hindu-Muslim relations today, a fresh study of these traditions in their regional and temporal specificities, along with a renewed attempt to closely interrogate the language employed in describing them, is vital toward contesting contemporary "clash of civilizations" narratives in South Asia as well as elsewhere. Printed Pages: 416. 038930

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7 Munshi Premchand; Translated By Snehal Shingavi; with an Introduction By Vasudha Dalmia
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2005; 0195668995 / 9780195668995; First Indian Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 312. 011871

Price: 7.75 USD
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8 Vasudha Dalmia and Rashmi Sadana (eds)
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 2012; 1107641039 / 9781107641037; Paperback; New; 
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. Table of Contents Chronology 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 Printed Pages: 326. 037636

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9 Vasudha Dalmia; with a New Foreword By Francesca Orsini
The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra and Nineteenth-Century Banaras
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8178243040 / 9788178243047; Second Edition; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 507. 033550

Price: 12.25 USD
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10 Vasudha Dalmia and Heinrich Von Stietencron (eds.)
The Oxford India Hinduism Reader
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0195684451 / 9780195684452; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 403. 016920

Price: 56.00 USD
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