Of Matters Modern
The Experience of Modernity in Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia
Edited by Debraj Bhattacharya
6 x 9 inches, 386pp, 5 halftones. 2008
ISBN : 9781905422616 & 9781905422623
Rs 695.00 (HB) 595.00 (PB)
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Of Matters Modern analyses the experience of modernity in South Asia. Arguing that South Asia\'s experience of modernity has to be understood in a global context, the book explores a wide range of topics: the emergence of ‘Assam Fever’ in colonial discourse; an experiment with fusion music in early colonial India; The emergence of detective fiction in colonial Punjab; the search for authenticity among nationalist and post-colonial thinkers; the critique of the Bhadralok by a Bhadralok writer; the experience of modernity in Kolkata during early twentieth century; the emergence of a cosmopolitan ‘underworld’ in Kolkata during the nineteenth century; the Italian connections of a Bengali poet, Michael Madhusudan Dutt; the ambivalence of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan; the construction of Gandhari in Amar Chitra Katha, a comic strip series for children.
Debraj Bhattacharya is an independent researcher based in Kolkata and has published on the ‘underworld’ of Calcutta during the early Twentieth Century.
South Asian Studies