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1 Rashmi Sadana
English Heart, Hindi Heartland: The Political Life of Literature in India
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2012; 8178243490 / 9788178243498; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
English Heart, Hindi Heartland examines Delhi’s postcolonial literary world—its institutions, prizes, publishers, writers, and translators, and the cultural geographies of key neighbourhoods in light of colonial histories and the globalization of English. Rashmi Sadana places internationally recognized authors such as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Vikram Seth in the context of debates within India about the politics of language, and alongside regionally recognized writers such as K. Satchidanandan, Shashi Deshpande, and Geetanjali Shree. She undertakes an ethnographic study of literary culture, probing the connections between place, language, and text in order to show what language comes to stand for in people’s lives. In so doing she unmasks a social discourse rife with questions of authenticity and the cultural politics of inclusion and exclusion. She illustrates how the notion of what is considered authentic not only obscures larger questions relating to caste, religious, and gender identities, but that the authenticity discourse itself is continually in flux. To extract cultural capital from India’s linguistic hierarchies, writers deploy what Sadana calls ‘literary nationality’. Her book argues that English in India, and the way it is positioned among the country’s other languages, does not represent a fixed pole, but rather serves to change political and literary alliances among classes and castes, often in surprising ways. Printed Pages: 240. 037030

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2 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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