The Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City: Volume II: Making and Unmaking the City-Politics, Culture, and Life Forms

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The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays, travel narratives, and scholarly studies in history, anthropology, and cultural studies, this two-volume anthology presents insights into the city with a mix of readings from the most renowned writers, established scholars...
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Overview


The city has had a long history in India, from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. This is the first anthology of the city in India since around 1800, with an accent on the twentieth century. Drawing on fiction, poetry, essays, travel narratives, and scholarly studies in history, anthropology, and cultural studies, this two-volume anthology presents insights into the city with a mix of readings from the most renowned writers, established scholars and authors, and younger voices.

Including poems, short stories, essays, and social commentaries by 64 writers, this volume, in particular, looks at the politics and violence in the city, the social web of life in the metropolis, the dalits, labourers, slum-dwellers, and outsiders, the many ethnicities, art and culture, and the past and future of the city. With contributions from leading writers and scholars including M.J. Akbar, Thomas Blom Hansen, Amitav Ghosh, Harriet Ronken Lynton, Bhisham Sahni, Shiv Visvanathan, Martha Ann Selby, Abdul Halim Sharar, Mirza Ghalib, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and James Manor, this volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Vinay Lal which sets the context for the writings and a special reader's guide for the interested reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198091813
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vinay Lal is currently Associate Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); he was Professor of History, Delhi University, 2010-11. He is the author and editor of a number of books with OUP, including The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Delhi: OUP, 2003; new and enlarged edition, 2005); Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic In Indian Cinema, co-edited with Ashis Nandy (Delhi: OUP, 2006); and Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in the Public Sphere (ed.) (Delhi: OUP, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgements
Introduction: Modern India and the Claims of the City
Identities, Interests, Institutions: Politics and Violence in the City: Lucknow (folk song) / P.C. Joshi
The Tilak Riots / S.M. Edwardes
The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath / Manoj Mitta & H.S. Phoolka
A Split-level War in Jamshedpur / M.J. Akbar
Land to the Killer / Shiv Visvanathan
Shiv Sena, the City, and Communal Populism / Thomas Blom Hansen
The Social Web of Life in the Metropolis: Flute-music / Rabindranath Tagore
Urban Frauds / Doosa Rajagopala Bhoopathy
The Truth about Dhanya / Nissim Ezekiel
Juthika / Premendra Mitra
Main Bombai Ka Babu Naam Mera Anjaana / Sahir Ludhianvi
The Great Big City / Premendra Mitra
The Days of the Beloved / Harriet Ronken Lynton and Mohini Rajan
Winter in Calcutta / Amitav Ghosh
A Street in Srinagar / Chandrakanta
Thirst / Martha Ann Selby
Sharavana's Services / Vivek Shanbhag
Parking / Ruchir Joshi
A comics workshop with Positive Women Network / World Comics India
He never came again / Sunita Nishad
In your name / Neelofar
Living at the City's Periphery: Dalits, Labourers, Slum-Dwellers, and Outsiders: Mumbai / Narayan Surve
The Unintended City / Jai Sen
'Son, Eat your Fill' / Daya Pawar
Under Dadar Bridge / Prakash Jadhav
Basanti / Bhisham Sahni
The Poor amid an Urban Catastrophe / James Manor
Dharavi / Jeremy Seabrook
Poor Champudi / Varsha Adalja
The Millworkers of Girangaon, An Oral History / Meena Menon and Neera Adarkar
Slums as Self-Confrontation / Ashis Nandy
A Death in Delhi / Shankar Ramaswami
Multiple Cities, Many Ethnicities: Claiming and Disowning the City: Journeying to Calcutta & English Education in the Metropolis / Lal Behari Day
Shadows of Night / S.M. Edwardes
Shree 420 / Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and V.P. Sathe
The After-Life of the Raj in Indian Academe / Ashis Nandy
The Good Parsi / Tanya Luhrmann
Stranger in a Strange Land / Daud Haider
Pili Aandhi / Prabha Khetan
The City of the Mind / Ashis Nandy
Monologue of the City / Mangalesh Dabral
Lower Chitpur Road, Kolkata / Garga Chatterjee and Priyanka Nandy
Art, Culture and Conviviality in the City: The Music of Hindostan / H. Fox Strangways
Lucknow: The Last Phase of an Oriental Culture / Abdul Halim Sharar
Laughter as Subversion in Nineteenth Century Calcutta / Sumanta Banerjee
Parsi Theatre in 19th-Century Bombay / Kathryn Hansen
Bahri alang: Benares's ideology of leisure / Arvind Kala
The Town India Forgot / Amaresh Misra
The Chennai Music Season / V. Sriram
New wine in the old bottle / Timeri N. Murari
Ruins of Cities Past-and Future?: Delhi: The Mutiny and its Aftermath / Mirza Ghalib
The Song of Those Who Tried to Escape Darkness of the City / Chandrashekhar Kambar
Bhopal: A Report from the Future / Shiv Visvanathan and Harsh Sethi
Chandigarh / Ravi Kalia
Bombing Bombay? / M.V. Ramana
The Modern Indian City: A Very Short Reader's Guide
Notes on Contributors

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