Of Matters Modern: The Experience of Modernity in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia

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A collection of essays that probe the experience of modernity in South Asia through narratives of specific issues and/or contexts, pushing the argument that South Asia's experience of modernity has to be understood in connection with a global experience and not in isolation. The essays also critically engage with various concepts that inform debates on modernity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905422616
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Debraj Bhattacharya is an independent researcher based in Kolkata and has published on the 'underworld' of Calcutta during the early Twentieth Century.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note


Introduction: Six Notes on a Partly Understood Phenomenon

   Debraj Bhattacharya


Who Sang the Hybrid Muse?: 'Fusion' Music in Late-Eighteenth-Century India

   Sharmadip Basu


The Assam Fever: Identities of a Disease and Diseases of an Identity

   Bodhisattva Kar


Sahib Outlaws in Colonial Calcutta

   Sumanta Banerjee


Michael Madhusudan Dutt (1824-73): A Bengali Poet with Italian Connections

   William Radice


The Politics of Reformist Islam in India: The Ambiguous Legacy of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

   Kingshuk Chatterjee


Zalim Daku and the Mystery of the Rubber Sea Monster: Urdu Detective Fiction in 1930s' Punjab and the Experience of Colonial Modernity

   Markus Daechsel


Three Narratives on Modernity in a Colonial Metropolis: Calcutta During the Early Twentieth Century

   Debraj Bhattacharya


Critique of the Bhadralok and the Bhadralok Critic

   Parimal Ghosh


Supermother for a Nation: Reading Gandhari

   Aryak Guha


Residual Nationalism and the Indian (Radical?) Intellectual: On Indigenism, Authenticity and the Colonizer's Presents

   Benjamin Zachariah


Notes on Contributors


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