The Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City: City in Its Plenitude v. I

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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 54 writers, this volume, in particular, looks at the mosaic of the city, the city of imagination, the city in colonial India, the architecture of the city and its streets. With contributions from leading writers and scholars including U.R. Ananthamurthy, Diana L. Eck, Arjun Appadurai, Dilip Chitre, Charles Correa, Rabindranath Tagore, Mark Twain, Salman Rushdie, Herbert Baker, A.K. Ramanujan, Lina M. Fruzzetti, and Majrooh Sultanpuri, this volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Vinay Lal which sets the context for the writings and a special 'further reading: a select bibliography' for the interested reader.

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Vinay Lal is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); he was Professor of History at 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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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Banaras, Bangalore, Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Lucknow . cities all, sharing certain characteristics, and yet so unlike each other. Cities are like the people they hold?loved and unloved, likely to attract some and repel others. Each has a character of its own: some are laidback, others more vibrant; a few have witnessed and endured a lot, others appear to have had a relatively mundane existence. The city has a long history in India?from the urban civilization of the Indus Valley in 2500 BCE to the megalopolis found in contemporary India. Taking the reader through an alluring maze of streets, lanes, memories, and much more, the writings in this volume allow her to gaze at the mosaic and imaginary of the city, look back at the city in colonial India, and reflect on the city and its streets as a work of architecture. Together with its companion volume, Making and Unmaking the City?Politics, Culture, and Life Forms, this collection pays tribute to the modern Indian city. A bouquet of writings from across the genres of poetry, short stories, essays, and social commentaries, The Oxford Anthology of the Modern Indian City will be an interesting addition to every booklover`s shelf. Printed Pages: 440. Bookseller Inventory # 84297

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