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

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

by Vinay Lal
 

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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198091813
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2013
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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