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Picturing the Nation
Picturing the Nation

Picturing the Nation

by Richard H Davis

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Language

English

Publisher

Orient Longman

ISBN

8125029087 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 274

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: Richard H Davis
Translator(s)/Editor: Richard H Davis
Publisher: Orient Longman
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 274
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125029087

Description

Picturing the Nation explores visual representations of India from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. The eight illustrated essays in this volume consider a multitude of visual items including chromolithographs, films and television shows, official icons, architecture, and cultural displays.

With a comprehensive introduction by Richard H Davis, this volume analyses how the Indian National Symbolic has been imagined and how visual representations of the Indian nation have been figured in terms of family relationships, community and divinity. Through this analysis, the book attempts to answer the question-how is it that so many persons have been persuaded to die willingly for something as recently imagined as the nation?

Consciously differing from writings where imaging the nation is a predominantly verbal and discursive activity, Picturing the Nation presents a visual history of modern India

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

1. Body politic(s): maps and Mother Goddesses in modern India
SUMATHI RAMASWAMY

2. The body and the bomb: technologies of modernity in colonial India
CHRISTOPHER PINNEY

3. Against allegory: Binode Bihari Mukherjee's Medieval Saints at Shantiniketan
AJAY SINHA

4. More than meets the (Hindu) eye: The public arena as a space for alternative visions
SANDRIA B FREITAG

5. From Rajadharma to Indian nationalism: iconographies of pre- and post-independence Jaipur
CATHERINE B ASHER

6. The efficacious image: pictures and power in Indian mass culture
KAJRI JAIN

7. "I am a national artist": popular art in the sphere of Hindutva
CHRISTIANE BROSIUS

8. Spectacles of nationalism in the Ganapati Utsav of Maharashtra
RAMINDER KAUR

BIBLIOGRAPHY

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS

INDEX

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