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Media‚€™s Shifting Terrain: Five Years that Transformed the Way India Communicates by Pamela Philipose : Rs575 ISBN: 9789352875344

Changes in communication technologies are transforming our social environment. In India, ‚€˜media convergence‚€™ has brought together older (mainstream) media and newer (digital) media, making India one of the most mediatised societies in the world.

Media‚€™s Shifting Terrain explores the social and political impacts of this media convergence between 2011 and 2015, through a study of five media-driven mobilisations that transformed India‚€™s public culture.

  • In 2011 came the India Against Corruption (IAC) protests, one of the largest civil society mobilisations in post-independence history.
  • A year later, in December 2012, there were spontaneous demonstrations of public outrage over the gang rape of a young woman student in a Delhi bus, named ‚€˜Nirbhaya‚€™ by the Indian public.
  • In 2013, we saw the unprecedented arrival of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which assumed power in Delhi through a coalition government.
  • The General Election of 2014 witnessed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerge victorious with a majority no party has achieved in thirty years.
  • Finally, in 2015, AAP swept the Delhi assembly polls against all odds and returned to power.

These mobilisations made effective use of multiple media platforms and, taken together, constitute a turning point in the mediatisation of the country, its society and politics.

 

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A Very Old Machine - The Many Origins of the Indian Cinema 1840‚€“1930 by Sudhir Mahadevan : Rs795 ISBN: 9788178245256

This book shows how Indian cinema‚€™s many origins in the technologies and practices of the nineteenth century continue to play a vital and broad function in the twenty-first.

Mahadevan proposes that there has never been a singular cinema in India; rather, Indian cinema has been a multifaceted phenomenon that was understood, experienced, and present in everyday life in myriad ways.

Employing methods of media archaeology, close textual analysis, archival research, and cultural theory, he digs into the history of photography, print media, practices of piracy and showmanship, and contemporary everyday imaginations of the cinema to provide an understanding of how the cinema came to be such a dominant cultural force in India. The result is an innovative account of Indian cinema‚€™s ‚€œmany origins.‚€

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Politics As Performance: A Social History of the Telugu Cinema by S.V.Srinivas : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178245324

This book provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural form, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the prominence of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

Looking in particular at the career of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s best-known film star Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), S.V. Srinivas reveals how the Telugu cinema redefined ideas of linguistic identity and community feeling within a non-literate public in South India. Dissecting NTR‚€™s remarkable election campaign of 1982‚€“3, he shows processes of political transformation and electoral mobilization via film, newspapers, and audio cassettes. He uncovers the complicated ways in which Indian politics can be linked with movie-going and, more broadly, cultural consumption. Cinematic and political performance are shown to be inextricably connected in ways disctinctively Indian.

NTR and the Telugu cinema, Srinivas argues, have shaped important aspects of Indian political and cultural modernity. Their legacies continue into the present time‚€”when film has yielded pride of place to television, when the future of Andhra Pradesh‚€™s statehood is unclear, and when Indian star-politicians no longer feel certain of success in the quest for power.

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The Popular Arts by Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel : Rs875 ISBN: 9789352873913

When it first appeared in 1964, Stuart Hall and Paddy Whannel's The Popular Arts opened up an almost unprecedented field of analysis and inquiry into contemporary popular culture. In contrast to prevailing views of the time, Hall and Whannel recognized popular culture's social importance and considered it worthy of serious study. In their analysis of everything, from Hollywood Westerns and the novels of Mickey Spillane, Ian Fleming, and Raymond Chandler, to jazz, advertising, and the television industry, they were guided by the belief that studying popular culture demanded an ethical evaluation of a work and full attention to its properties.

In doing so, they raised questions about the relation of culture to society and the politics of taste and judgment in ways that continue to shape cultural studies. This landmark text highlights the development of Hall's theoretical and methodological approach, while adding to a greater understanding of his work.

This edition includes a new introduction by Richard Dyer, who situates The Popular Arts within the history of cultural studies and outlines its impact and enduring legacy.

This book will be of interest to scholars in cultural studies and media studies.

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The Writings of M. T. Vasudevan Nair by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and V. Abdulla, Gita Krishnankutty (tr.) : Rs750 ISBN: 9789352873609

The Writings of M. T. Vasudevan Nair brings together three of renowned Malayalam writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair‚€™s works‚€”Mist and The Soul of Darkness (translations of the acclaimed novellas, Manhu and Irutinde Atmavu), Kaalam and Kuttiedathi and Other Stories.

Narrating the experiences ofwaiting for a lost lover (Mist) and the pain of being treated abominably by one‚€™s family for being ‚€˜not normal‚€™ (The Soul of Darkness), these poignant stories speak of lost hopes.

Set in the context of the crumbling matrilineal tarawad system of the Nairs in Kerala, Kaalam narrates the story of disillusionment of an ambitious adolescent, Sethumadhavan Nair, as he journeys towards adulthood; these experiences reflect MT‚€™s own childhood in many ways.

Kuttiedathi and Other Stories encompasses the middle class lives and sufferings of people in Northern Kerala. Touching upon themes of memory, domestic martyrdom and passion, these stories are narrated in Nair‚€™s minimalistic yet profound style.

The volume also features an Introduction by eminent academic and scholar of Malayalam literature, P. P. Raveendran.

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Fiction to Film: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala‚€™s The Householder and Heat and Dust by Vivek Sachdeva : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386689030

Examining the relationship between literature and cinema from the perspective of poststructuralist narrative theory, this book studies how different kinds of narratives change during adaptation and offers an alternative model for the study of narratives. It addresses issues of cinematic adaptation and asks: what changes take place in a narrative when a novel is adapted into film? Looking at the art forms of novel, theatre and film, and the evolution of narratology as a discipline, it also shows how narratological tools, used to study literary texts, are equally relevant and applicable to the study of cinematic narratives.

Films, understood as a blend of mimetic and diegetic arts, are different from fiction. Questioning the relevance of fidelity criticism, the author closely examines the bias against adaptations. Instead of judging adaptations only for their faithfulness to the original, he argues that film adaptations of literary works must be seen as independent creative works of art, and not as derivative, and hence inferior. The relationship between cinema and the literary source can be understood in terms of inter-textuality, inter-mediality and interpretation, and within the paradigm of translation. 

The creative collaboration of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a celebrated one in film history. The book focuses on Jhabvala, the novelist and screenwriter, and analyses two of her texts in fiction and film. The two novels/films under study‚€”The Householder and Heat and Dust‚€”were chosen to see how Jhabvala the novelist reinvents her own stories as the screenwriter to suit the needs of the new medium.

The book contributes to the study of narrative discourse in fiction and film in India, and will be useful for students and scholars of film and literary studies.

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Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre, and the Supernatural in Hindi Commercial Cinema by Meheli Sen : Rs950 ISBN: 9789386392794

Hindi commercial cinema has been invested in the supernatural since its earliest days. However, only a small segment of these films has been adequately explored in scholarly work. Haunting Bollywood addresses this gap.

From Gothic ghost films of the 1950s to snake films of the 1970s and 1980s to today‚€™s globally influenced zombie and vampire films, Meheli Sen explores what the supernatural is and the questions it raises about film form, history, modernity, and gender in South Asian public cultures. Contrary to the widely held belief that these are uniquely ‚€œlocal‚€ forms, she shows that the supernatural is dispersed among multiple genres and is constantly in conversation with global cinematic conventions; simultaneously, the supernatural is an especially flexible impulse that pushes Hindi films into new formal and stylistic territories. 

Sen also argues that gender is a particularly accommodating arena in which the supernatural plays out its most basic compulsions; thus, the interface between gender and genre provides a productive lens into Hindi cinema‚€™s negotiation of the modern and the global. Haunting Bollywood reveals that the supernatural‚€™s unruly energies continually resist  being contained, even as they engage with and sometimes subvert Hindi cinema‚€™s most enduring pleasures, from songs and stars, to myth and melodrama.

Haunting Bollywood will be of interest to scholars and students of literary criticism, postcolonial studies, queer theory, history, and cultural studies.

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Level Crossing: Railway Journeys in Hindi Cinema by Vijaya Singh : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125059462

Level Crossing: Railway Journeys in Hindi Cinema is a study of the representation of the railways as a cultural, perceptual, temporal and metaphoric paradigm of modern life in Hindi cinema. It examines the relationship of movement and stasis in late nineteenth century literary accounts and in Hindi cinema from 1935 to 1974 and asks how the three most important coordinates of the modern: machine, speed and vision shaped literary and film discourses.

As railways became a part of the social fabric of the subcontinent in the late nineteenth century, railway compartments, rail tracks, and railway stations became new sites for staging action and articulating aspirations, disappointments and struggles of a generation coming to terms with a rapidly modernising world. Mobility, speed, displacement, encounters with technology, urbanisation, new people, new worlds, new ways of being and perceptions became the subject matter of stories, novels and films.

This volume through an analysis of texts as diverse as wall murals in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Bhartendu Harishchandra‚€™s travel accounts, Rudyard Kipling‚€™s Kim, O. Chandu Menon‚€™s Indulekha, films as Jawani ki Hawa, Achhut Kanya, Miss Frontier Mail, Station Master, Railway Platform, Bhuvan Shome, 27 Down and others examines railways as the technologic force that had a deep impact on our cultural life and imagination. It also shows how the railways functioned as a force of integration of physical and social spaces mediating the experience of modernity and how cinema itself worked to integrate railways into the consciousness of the subcontinent by circulating images of the ‚€˜new‚€™ twentieth-century world.

The volume is addressed to students and scholars in the fields of cinema, culture and media studies, film history. Any reader interested in Hindi cinema would also find it engaging and insightful.

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Performance and the Political: Power and Pleasure in Contemporary Kerala by Ameet Parameswaran : Rs795 ISBN: 9789386392459

In Performance and the Political, Ameet Parameswaran demonstrates how cultural performances can stage the political in ways that add to the more visible and traditional practices of popular politics. Through the lens of Performance Studies, the book explores Kerala‚€™s transformation into a neoliberal region.

Influenced by contemporary theories of ‚€˜affect‚€™, Parameswaran highlights bodily sensory locations and actions, and embodiment in general, as important but neglected sites of enormous political significance. His first two chapters focus on two sensory locations central to the experience of any performance‚€”vision and voice. The third emphasises gesture, while the last two chapters focus on two aspects that push at the boundaries of being-human‚€”the machinic and the animal.

By closely analysing how these ‚€˜affects‚€™ and embodiments are used in performances, Parameswaran discusses the cultural politics of staging both the revolutionary and the terrorist during the Emergency of 1975‚€“77 and after; the relationship between authoritarianism and democracy; and the emergence of a neoliberal consumption regime following widespread migration to the Gulf. In the process, he analyses diverse performance forms, like theatre, cinema, kathaprasangam, mimics parade and popular poetry recitals.

Deeply theoretical and original, this book will interest students and scholars of Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

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Raga‚€™n Josh : Stories from a Musical Life by Sheila Dhar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178244631

Sheila Dhar‚€™s autobiographical stories, essays, and memoirs are classics of modern Indian prose. An accomplished singer, the world she inhabited included renowned north Indian classical musicians such as Begum Akhtar, Siddheshwari Bai, Fayyaz and Niaz Ahmed Khan, Kesar Bai Kerkar, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, and Bhimsen Joshi. No writer has ever conveyed the ethos of this world and the quirks of its denizens with such wit, irreverence, perceptiveness and empathy.

Sheila Dhar‚€™s writing straddles many worlds. Once a part of Delhi‚€™s political elite, she is inimitably observant about celebrities as diverse as Indira Gandhi, Joan Robinson, Richard Attenborough, and the Queen of Tonga. In other parts of this book she returns to the Old Delhi she grew up in‚€”its sprawling bungalows, its labyrinthine households with their complicated domestic politics, its bygone musical ambience.

Incisive intelligence, comic effervescence, self-deprecating humour, and a fascinating ability to manipulate the English language for Indian contexts‚€”all combine to make this book an absolute delight.

Many of these writings have been unavailable or out of print for some time. The present book provides, for the first time within the covers of a single volume, Sheila Dhar‚€™s collected shorter writings, including all her memorable stories and essays.

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Raja Yudhisthira: Kingship in Epic Mahabharata by Kevin McGrath : Rs1050 ISBN: 9789386392732

In Raja Yudhi??hira, Kevin McGrath brings his literary, ethnographic, and analytical knowledge of the Mahabharata to bear on the representation of kingship in the epic. He shows how the Mahabharata depicts both archaic and classical models of kingly and premonetary polity and how the king becomes a ruler who is seen as ritually divine. McGrath then addresses the idea of heroic religion in antiquity and the present, for bronze-age heroes still receive great devotional worship in modern India and communities continue to clash at the sites that have been‚€”for millennia‚€”associated with these epic figures.

One of the most important contributions of Raja Yudhi??hira is the revelation that neither of the contesting side of the royal Hastinapura clan triumphs in the end, for it is the Yadava band of K???a that achieves real victory. That is, it is the matriline and not the patriline that secures ultimate success: it is the kinship group of K???a‚€”the heroic figure who was to become the dominant Vai??ava icon of classical India‚€”who benefits most from the terrible Bharata war.

This book will appeal to scholars in the field of Mahabharata Studies as well as to students of early Hinduism and of late bronze-age cultural and political tradition. It will also be of interest to scholars of early Indian history, kinship, religious studies, and poetry.

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Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India by Constantine V. Nakassis : Rs1250 ISBN: 9788125063018

In Doing Style, Constantine V. Nakassis explores the world of youth and mass media in South India. Through ethnographic descriptions of college life in urban Tamil Nadu, Nakassis examines what Tamil youth call ‚€œstyle‚€: the display of ostentatious brand fashion, speaking in cosmopolitan English, or acting out bombastic film heroism, among other kinds of acts. As Nakassis shows, acts of ‚€œdoing style‚€ express the ambivalent desires and anxieties of these youth who live in the shadows of global modernity. This ambivalence is reflected in the conflicted ways that youth do style. Among youth, what appear are not authentic but fake branded garments, not fluent English but English-peppered Tamil, and not imitations of film heroes but ironical and playful citations.

Doing Style also explores the connections among youth peer groups and the sites where such stylish objects are produced: textile workshops, music-television channels, and the Tamil film industry. Nakassis shows how these connections deeply condition the production and circulation of these media. They inscribe youth style on these media, materializing as fashionable garments, on-air speech styles, and film texts that anticipate and give form to youth‚€™s ambivalent acts of style.

Doing Style presents an important and timely look at contemporary youth culture, globalization, and mass media as they interact in a vibrant and rapidly changing India. This book will appeal to socio-cultural anthropologists, sociolinguists, and scholars of media and cultural studies.

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Cinema of Enchantment: Perso-Arabic Genealogies of the Hindi Masala Film by Anjali Gera Roy : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125059660

A fascinating account of the theatrical beginnings of Bollywood and the Indo-Islamic storytelling traditions of the subcontinent, the volume looks at how Islamicate cultures have richly informed and structured mainstream Hindi cinema. It tells us how it was Urdu which provided the language of quintessential romance, passion and poetry for it.

Acknowledging the central contribution of Hindu mythology, narrative visual arts and epics on storytelling in film, the volume isolates Bollywood‚€™s generic debt to the Perso-Arabic legacies of tilism or enchantment, qissa and dastan, which have been marginalised in the construction of popular Hindi cinema as national cinema. It looks at the structure and narrative form of Orientalist genres of the Silent period, stunt films, costume dramas, and their continuity in the ‚€˜masala‚€™ film of the 1960s and 1970s. As opposed to the lens of fantasy through which the dream-world of Hindi cinema has been traditionally perceived, it suggests that tilism may provide a framework for examining its magical and enchanting universe.

The influence of Urdu writers, pre- and post Partition, Urdu poetry and Sufism on film scripts, dialogue and music ensured that the language of Firdausi, Ghalib and Zafar lived on in popular imagination. Bollywood, thus, provided one of the last havens for preserving and performing India‚€™s famed syncretic ‚€˜Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb‚€™‚€”wherein Hindi and Urdu are not two but are deeply implicated in one another‚€”even as it disappeared from other public spaces.

The volume is addressed to students and scholars in the fields of cinema, culture and media studies, film history. Any reader interested in Hindi films and popular culture would also find it engaging and insightful.

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The Melodramatic Public :Film Form and Spectatorship in Indian Cinema by Ravi Vasudevan : Rs695 ISBN: 9788178244556

What role has Indian cinema played in the history of Indian cultural and political transformations? How have Indian films addressed notions of nationhood, ideas about nation and region, matters of social difference, and conflicts over caste and religion? What cultural visions can be traced through the history of Indian cinema, and how have their co-ordinates changed? What new vistas have emerged‚€”of national territory, new lifestyles, and urban cultures‚€”as India has moved from the early days of state formation, through the unravelling of national consensus, down to contemporary globalization?

The Melodramatic Public explores these issues as they play out in different historical moments, and in response to larger theoretical formulations‚€”for example, vis-ŗ-vis the place of film in discourses of secularism and citizenship. At the same time, it deploys the category of melodrama to navigate this variegated field. Drawing on debates in film studies, it reveals how melodrama relates the public and the private, as well as modes of aesthetic expression, in different historical and cultural settings. Vasudevan explores significant crossovers and comparative registers in Indian and American cinema, as well as changes in the nature of Indian cinema and melodramatic form, especially between the ‚€˜classical‚€™ 1950s and the contemporary period.

Several features make this a work of seminal importance in film studies. First, it moves away from generalities about the ways in which film represents or contributes to large political and cultural issues: it does so by attending to the specifics of cultural address, film style, and film technology. Second, it analyses the transformation of the film industry since the 1990s in terms of the changing location of cinema in a new globalized environment. Third, it considers the impact of digitization, both in terms of film form and audience engagement, and through the new circuits of distribution and delivery. 

Vasudevan lays great emphasis on film analysis to explore significant practices and changes in the realm of cinema and the world around it. While primarily focused on popular cinema, his book also devotes attention to the work of Satyajit Ray, as well as to the practices of art cinema and documentarists in present times.

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Bombay before Bollywood: Film City Fantasies by Rosie Thomas : Rs1195 ISBN: 9788125053620

Bombay Before Bollywood offers a fresh, alternative look at the history of Bombay cinema. Eschewing the conventional focus on India‚€™s social and mythological films, it foregrounds the subaltern genres of the ‚€˜magic and fighting films‚€™‚€”the fantasy, costume and stunt films popular in the B- and C-circuits in the decades before and immediately after independence. It explores the influence of this other cinema on the big-budget masala films of the 1970s and 1980s, before ‚€˜Bollywood‚€™ erupted onto the world stage in the mid-1990s. The book reminds us that a significant stream of Bombay cinema has always revelled in cultural hybridity, borrowing voraciously from global popular culture and engaging with transcultural flows of cosmopolitan modernity and postmodernity. This volume will be a welcome addition to the fields of film studies and cultural studies. It will also be of interest to the general reader.

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Cine-Politics: Film Stars and Political Existence in South India by M. Madhava Prasad : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125053569

Cine-politics explores the unique link established between cinema and politics in south India since the 1950s. Taking up the trajectories of three major stars‚€”M. G. Ramachandran, N. T. Rama Rao and Rajkumar, from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively‚€” the book shows how the widespread political mobilisation of star charisma in south India‚€”‚€˜cine-politics‚€™‚€”sheds critical light on the nature of democratic political life in postcolonial India. Insisting on the centrality of both cinematic and political aspects in interpreting the cine-political event, the author locates the emergence of the phenomenon against the backdrop of demands for the linguistic reorganisation of the states soon after independence. The argument leads us through the various formal and narrative shifts enabling the production of a cinematic form that allowed marginalised populations, deprived of political existence in the newly forged nation, to enact the fantasy of popular sovereignty.

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Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society by Nalini Rajan (Ed.) : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125054849

Covering and Explaining Conflict in Civil Society is a collection of essays that highlights issues of ethics specifically in journalism of conflict. The media takes an active interest in reporting cases of conflict as political unrest has a direct and immediate impact on people‚€™s lives.

In the first part, this volume presents four such reportages; one each from Libya, Pakistan, Turkey and Khairlanji (India). Devoted to reportage, these case studies raise an important question: How far can a reporter prescribe and opine in her reportage? The authors explain, by their own example, the need for a journalist to be aware of this question during live reportage.

The second part of this volume is a critical look at the contemporary media scene in India. The authors draw our attention to the vibrant civil society that shook the administration when allegations of corruption cropped up. Citing instances of corruption within the media, the essays delineate the conflict between vested interest and ethics in journalism. In the concluding part, the authors focus on social media, as a new medium of civil society, playing an active role in the reportage of conflict‚€”through clicks and shares. The essays here provoke the reader to ask if journalistic ethics do find a place in social media at all!

Presenting case-studies, theory and arguments, this volume is invaluable for students of journalism and mass communication. It will also be of interest to the lay reader.

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Out of Line : Cartoons, Caricature and Contemporary India by Christel R.Devadawson : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125055136

  1. This book explores the career of ‚€˜graphic satire‚€™, i.e., newspaper cartoons, in independent India (post-1947)
  2. It offers detailed analyses of the work of prominent practitioners of the genre, including: Shankar Pillai, R. K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, O. V. Vijayan and the collaborative team of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan
  3. Chapter 1 reflects on Shankar‚€™s endearing yet thoughtful portrayals of Nehru in his ‚€˜Man of the Week‚€™ series, which addresses the challenges confronting the early years of the republic
  4. In Chapter 2, the author deals with Laxman‚€™s character the ‚€˜Common Man‚€™, a usually silent witness who testifies to the complexities of the post-Nehruvian era
  5. Chapter 3 deals with Abu Abraham‚€™s Emergency-era series ‚€˜Private View‚€™, which sought to keep the national conscience alive through this difficult period
  6. Chapter 4 explores O. V. Vijayan‚€™s dark and bitterly ironic graphic world, which deals with the inequities of development and the failures of justice in 1980s India
  7. Chapter 5 takes up the collaborative work of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan, who address the issues and concerns of a more self-confident, post-liberalisation nation, including environmentalism, multinational capital and international warfare.
  8. Christel Devadawson interprets the genre of graphic dissent as a form of national ‚€˜lifewriting‚€™‚€”the autobiographical recording of self, memory and experience‚€”that brings to light the trials and travails of democracy in the young nation-state.
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Public Interest Journalism : A Guide for Students by Arvind Sivaramakrishnan : Rs775 ISBN: 9788125056720

In the context of increasing corporatisation of the media, this volume shows why public-interest journalism is crucial to a healthy democracy. It also introduces aspiring journalists to the main methods of the craft. Those methods are sorely needed in the contemporary news media, and will be be a considerable an asset for those interested in public-interest writing or broadcasting.

The author begins by setting the context in the English-speaking countries. Pressures on the media to reduce public-interest work stem from governments, from the increasingly corporatised and cartelised news media, and from journalists‚€™ own professional techniques. Furthermore, media organisations in the public and the private sector often cut staff to save money or increase profits, but that makes the news media progressively more dependent on official and corporate sources and press releases. One consequence is that the news media severely reduce their coverage of significant public issues, such as global warming, mass poverty, policy failures, corporate illegalities and corruption.

The second chapter focuses on the Indian news media, and includes selected examples from other South Asian countries. It also addresses some of the questions raised by proposed broadcasting regulations in India. The analysis moves on to journalists‚€™ professional self-conceptions, with examples showing among other things that the process whereby issues are selected for coverage goes largely unexamined within the media.

The author then outlines alternatives, such as citizen journalism, the complementary or non-corporate media, and the several funding models and patterns which exist at present. Many of these already involve state support, without which even major media firms would struggle. The chapter also shows how the idea of a separation between the state and the media relies on liberal or neoliberal theory and is seriously misleading.

The book concludes with instructional materials consisting of advice, examples, and exercises derived from the author‚€™s own experience of teaching, research, and journalism. It will be useful to students of journalism and mass communication.

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Rabindranath Tagore : One Hundred Years of Global Reception by Martin Kšmpchen, Imre Bangha and Uma Das Gupta (Editorial Adviser) : Rs1750 ISBN: 9788125055686

When Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his own English translation of Gitanjali (Song Offerings), he became the first non-European to do so, achieving immediate fame.Translations in other languages of this and other works followed. Reams were written on his writings, and his personality. As aworld citizen, Tagore aimed at bringing the ‚€˜East‚€™ and the ‚€˜West‚€™ together for an inclusive humanism. His was assumed to be the Voice of India‚€”indeed of Asia and the colonised world. The Nobel Prize gave him the authority to speak, and the intellectual elite of many countries listened.

The editors of Rabindranath Tagore:  One Hundred Years of Global Reception had asked Tagore experts worldwide to narrate how the Bengali author was received from 1913 until our time. Their thirty-five essays arranged by region or language group inform us about translations, the impact of Tagore‚€™s visits, and his subsequent standing in the world of letters. Tagore‚€™s reception while often enthusiastic was not always adulatory, occasionally undergoing dramatic metamorphoses, and diverse political and social milieus and cultural movements responded to him differently. This nuanced global reception is for the first time dealt with comprehensively and systematically in this volume presented as a work of reference. These essays remind us that Tagore‚€™s works keep being reprinted or retranslated for he continues to be relevant to modern readers.

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Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity by William Mazzarella : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125051268

In the world of globalized media, provocative images trigger culture wars between traditionalists and cosmopolitans, between censors and defenders of free expression. But are images censored because of what they mean, what they do, or what they might become? And must audiences be protected because of what they understand, what they feel, or what they might imagine?

Censorium is an innovative analysis of Indian film censorship. William Mazzarella argues that we must go beyond understanding the regulation of the cinema in India as a violation of free speech, as a colonial hangover, as a symptom of repressive moralism, or as a struggle between liberals and conservatives. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with leading Indian censors, filmmakers, lawyers, journalists, playwrights, and actors, Mazzarella‚€™s study grants the censors the compliment they least expect: to be taken seriously. Rather than polemicizing against censorship from an external standpoint, Mazzarella rigorously explores the self-contradictory language of censorship from within. Ultimately, he shows us how film censorship is about far more than the movies‚€”it is a key to understanding why political and cultural legitimacy is so unstable in mass-mediated societies.

This book will be of interest to general readers concerned with contemporary Indian culture and politics, and of specialist value to students and scholars of media studies, anthropology and sociology, and critical theory.

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Radical Rabindranath: Nation, Family and Gender in Tagore‚€™s Fiction and Films by Sanjukta Dasgupta, Sudeshna Chakravarti and Mary Mathew : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125050285

Much has been said and documented about the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore. Radical Rabindranath is a post-colonial reading that focuses on areas that have been marginalised because of the more dominant and compelling desire in the West to establish Tagore as a transcendent visionary and poet-philosopher.

The volume breaks new ground as it critiques Tagore‚€™s non-conformism, radical outlook and occasional ambivalence as seen in his novels and short stories. In its re-readings of his works, it meticulously analyses issues such as sexual desire, repression, and jealousy on the one hand, and nation, politics, family and gender on the other. It also shows how, amidst changing social structures, his women protagonists are motivated by promptings of self-discovery and self-realisation, as well as a compulsive need to recreate their identities.

The book includes readings from selected film versions of Tagore‚€™s fiction. These trace the deviations from the original texts to highlight how pre- and post-independence Indian/Bengali film-makers have appropriated Tagore‚€™s literary texts by emphasising gender positions, the politics of the sexualised body and body images.

It also provides details of Tagore‚€™s early years of growing up, his formative influences and also throws light on his intellectual combats with contemporaries like Chandranath Basu and Dijendralal Roy. In an interesting detour, the authors bring forth his relationships with women like Kadambari Devi, Ranu Mukherjee and Victoria Ocampo‚€”encounters that allow a glimpse into a mind that despite being progressive and fearless, was not devoid of contradictions.

For students and scholars of comparative literature, and those with a keen interest in Tagore, the man, the poet, and ‚€˜the radical‚€™‚€”an indispensable read, both at home and in the world.

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Tales of Athiranippadam by S. K. Pottekkatt : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125051275

Tales of Athiranippadam, translated from the Malayalam Oru Desathinte Katha, is the fictionalised autobiography of S. K. Pottekkatt, the acclaimed Malayalam writer. Sreedharan, the central character, offers us a glimpse of the author‚€™s own life in the little corner of the earth called Athiranippadam, where he was raised. The narrative uses an interesting mix of street gossip, fairy tale and recorded history. The characters that people the pages hold within themselves reminiscences of people we have met, conversations we have had, places we have seen and people we may know.

This volume was first published in 1971 in Malayalam and won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1972 and the Jnanpith award in 1980.

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The 'Medieval' in Film: Representing a Contested Time on the Indian Screen (1920s-1960s) by Urvi Mukhopadhyay : Rs1150 ISBN: 9788125050988

Wars, nationalism, economic depression, colonisation, decolonisation and, more recently, globalisation, have affected perceptions of contemporary as well as past worlds. Cinema, a popular medium directed to the broadest possible audience, has reacted to and in turn shaped the changing political, social and economic conditions of the times.

This book investigates how the cinematic medium negotiated the dominant ideas of history in order to construct a range of historical imageries. Focusing on the medieval epoch‚€”a notion of historical age which came only during the colonial period as an equivalent to the European idea of Middle Ages‚€”it studies the influences of various nationalist imaginations of the past, unmistakably present after the emergence of a mass-based nationalist movement in the 1920s and 30s.

The ‚€˜pre-modern‚€™ idea of society and governance in the medieval period came under attack from the ‚€˜modern‚€™ colonial rulers. Also, because of its association with the Islamic ruling class it was criticised by the dominant ‚€˜Hindu‚€™ nationalist ethos of the time. The volume examines this contested time on screen, and raises questions like: How did the internal organisation of the film industry guide the articulations of certain stereotypical images of the ‚€˜medieval‚€™ during the 1920s to 1960s? How did dominant historiographical interpretations influence a popular production like film in the colonial and the post-colonial situation? Did the cinematic representation succeed in codifying ‚€˜medieval reality‚€™ with stereotypes other than that of elitist vision of historicity?

With an extensive filmography and detailed bibliography, the words that populate the book are also complemented with glimpses of posters and scenes from the films discussed in the book. An important read for students and scholars of film studies, history, visual anthropology, South Asian studies and culture studies.
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Bollywood in the Age of New Media: The Geo-televisual Aesthetic by Anustup Basu : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125047551

This study of popular Indian cinema in an age of globalization, new media, and metropolitan Hindu fundamentalism focuses on the period from 1991 to 2004. Popular Hindi cinema took a certain spectacular turn from the early 1990s as a signature ‚€˜Bollywood style‚€™ evolved in the wake of liberalization and the inauguration of a global media ecology in India. Films increasingly featured transformed bodies, fashions, life-styles, commodities, gadgets, and spaces, often in non-linear, ‚€˜window-shopping‚€™ ways, without any primary obligation to the narrative. Flows of desires, affects, and aspirations frequently crossed the bounds of stories and determined milieus. Basu theorizes this overall cinematic-cultural ecology here as an informational geo-televisual aesthetic.

Bollywood in the Age of New Media connects this filmic geo-televisual style to an ongoing story of the uneven globalizing process in India. It explains how the irreverent energies of the new can actually be tied to conservative Brahminical imaginations of class, caste, or gender hierarchies. Using a wide-ranging methodological approach that converses with theoretical domains of post-structuralism, post-colonialism, and film and media studies, this book presents a complex account of an India of the present caught between brave new silicon valleys and farmer suicides.

The geo-televisual aesthetic will prove useful not just for scholars of Indian cinema and media, but also for those of Indian political and cultural modernity at large, from visual anthropologists to political scientists. The book is as much about the new globalized imaginary of a national elite as it is about film.

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Media and Modernity: Communications, Women, and the State in India by Robin Jeffrey : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178243627

Two puzzles of modern India‚€”one well known, the other overlooked‚€”form the core of this book.

For fifty years, the state of Kerala has been famed, first as a home of Communists, then as a perplexing ‚€˜model of development‚€™. But why Communists? And why development, especially in a place where the economy usually underperformed even lowly national averages? Part of an answer lies in the unusual place of women in Kerala and their changing role in the past 200 years.

Another part lies in the other, often under-analyzed focus of this book: media and communication. Printing and publishing in Indian languages‚€”and accompanying questions of literacy and language identity‚€”present tantalizing puzzles.

Since data were first collected in the 1950s, Kerala‚€™s people have been India‚€™s greatest newspaper consumers. Do literacy and newspapers mobilize people for political action or does politicization make people into newspaper readers? To what extent do media wait on consumer capitalism before they break into the countryside to become truly mass media, as they have in India in the past thirty years?

Media and Modernity ponders these questions, first from the perspective of Kerala, often a forerunner of developments elsewhere, and then at an all-India level. Readers intrigued by questions of development, communications, politics, and the role of women will find in this collection stories that surprise and arguments that provoke.

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Politics as Performance by S.V. Srinivas : Rs995 ISBN: 9788178243726

This book examines the deep connection between cinema and politics in India. it provides a picture of the Telugu cinema, as both industry and cultural from, over fifty formative years. It argues that films are directly related both to the rise of an elite which dominates Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India, and to the emergence of a new idiom of mass politics.

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Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry by Tejaswini Ganti : Rs1050 ISBN: 9788125047070

Producing Bollywood offers an unprecedented look inside the social and professional worlds of the Mumbai-based Hindi film industry and explains how it became ‚€œBollywood‚€, the global film phenomenon and potent symbol of India as a rising economic powerhouse. In this rich and entertaining ethnography Tejaswini Ganti examines the changes in Hindi film production from the 1990s until 2010, locating them in Hindi filmmakers‚€™ efforts to accrue symbolic capital, social respectability, and professional distinction, and to manage the commercial uncertainties of filmmaking. These efforts have been enabled by the neo-liberal restructuring of the Indian state and economy since 1991. This restructuring has dramatically altered the country‚€™s media landscape, which quickly expanded to include satellite television and multiplex theaters.

Ganti contends that the Hindi film industry‚€™s metamorphosis into Bollywood would not have been possible without the rise of neo-liberal economic ideals in India. By describing dramatic transformations in the Hindi film industry‚€™s production culture, daily practices, and filmmaking ideologies during a decade of tremendous social and economic change in India, Ganti offers valuable new insights into the effects of neo-liberalism on cultural production in a postcolonial setting.

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A Companion to Translation Studies by Piotr Kuhiwczak and Karin Littau (Eds.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9788125041474

The book provides an authoritative guide to key approaches in translation studies. Each chapter gives an in-depth account of theoretical concepts, issues and studies. In the general introduction, the editors illustrate how translation studies has developed as a broad interdisciplinary field.

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Original English Film Scripts by Satyajit Ray, Sandip Ray and Aditi Nath Sarkar (Eds.) : Rs650 ISBN: 9788180280016

Satyajit Ray started the creative process of making a film with the screenplay. This collection of film scripts and treatments written originally in English by Satyajit Ray is intended for both his fans and a reader new to Ray‚€™s works. The collection consists of the scripts of Ray‚€™s well-known feature and TV films as well as some lesser known works. Also included are a science-fiction script Ray wrote for a Hollywood studio and an early version of the idea of a space traveler who lands in an Indian village.

The Introduction by Sandip Ray and Aditi Nath Sarkar discusses the importance of these film scripts in Ray‚€™s film-making and some of the key themes which recur in these scripts.

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States of Sentiment: Exploring the Cultures of Emotion by Pramod K. Nayar : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125041993

  • This book proposes that our responses to various situations, events and representations are not entirely private, individual and internal. They have a crucial social dimension.
  • Emotions are a result of the internalisation of cultural codes and discourses that inform, and even determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of emotional responses.
  • We see a terrorist as a threat, a cyclone as worrying, a rags-to-riches story as a feel-good moment. We mourn the sudden death of Michael Jackson, we rejoice in the victory of a triumphant Tendulkar and we react with horror and shock to 9/11. All of these are emotional responses to specific representational strategies that present these people and events in particular ways. These strategies in turn construct our emotional relations to the events and people.  
  • Exactly how sentiments of care, passion, desire, pleasure, fear, sympathy or pity are discursively commodified (made a commodity) in the mass media, films, reportage and the other public culture forms today is the subject of this book. It demonstrates how cultures today are getting emotion-driven.
  • The book is organised around four ‚€˜sentiments‚€™‚€”well-being, suffering, aversion and hope.
  • It uses reality TV, hate speech, self-help literature, media coverage of  9/11 and 26/11, autobiographies, websites and films, and blends theoretical insights with elements of innovative inquiry, to show how emotions are packaged and how these emotions then determine social relations itself.
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Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India by Preminda Jacob : Rs725 ISBN: 9788125040088

Towering billboards featuring photorealistic portraits of popular cinema stars and political leaders dominated the cityscape of Chennai, throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Studying the manufacture and reception of these billboards‚€”known locally as banners and cutouts‚€”within the context of the entwined histories of the cinema industry and political parties in Tamil Nadu, Preminda Jacob reveals the broader significance of these fragments of visual culture beyond their immediate function as pretty pieces of advertising.  

The author analyses the juxtaposition of cinematic and political imagery in the extra-cinematic terrain of Chennai‚€™s city streets and how this placement was pivotal to the elevation of regional celebrities to cult status. When interpreting these images and discussing their political and cultural resonance within the Tamil Nadu community, Jacob draws upon multiple perspectives to give appropriate context to this fascinating form of visual media.

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Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance by Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti : Rs925 ISBN: 9788125039150

Bollywood movies and their signature song and dance spectacles are an aesthetic familiar to people around the world, and Bollywood music now provides the rhythm for ads marketing goods such as computers and a beat for remixes and underground bands. These musical numbers have inspired scenes in Western films such as Vanity Fair and Moulin Rouge.

Global Bollywood shows how this currency in popular culture and among diasporic communities marks only the latest phase of the genre‚€™s world travels. This interdisciplinary collection describes the many roots and routes of the Bollywood song and dance spectacle. Examining the reception of Bollywood music in places as diverse as Indonesia and Israel, the essays offer a stimulating redefinition of globalization, highlighting the cultural influence of Hindi film music from its origins early in the twentieth century today.

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Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition by Bhaskar Sarkar : Rs950 ISBN: 9788125040507

The political truncation of 1947 led to a social cataclysm in which about a million perished and some twelve million became homeless. Combining film studies, trauma theory and South Asian cultural history, Bhaskar Sarkar follows the shifting traces of this event in Indian cinema of the next six decades. He argues that Partition remains a wound in the collective psyche of South Asia, and its screen representations foster an affective historical consciousness that supplements standard history-writing.

Tracking cinema‚€™s reluctance to deal with the Partition in the 1950s and 1960s, and the eventual ‚€˜return of the repressed‚€™ from the mid-1980s, Sarkar draws attention to a gradual and complex process of cultural mourning. Even the initial ‚€˜silence‚€™ was never complete, not only because of atypical Partition films such as Lahore, Apna Desh and Ritwik Ghatak‚€™s trilogy, but also because the trauma frequently surfaced in indirect, allegorical forms. He points to the split families, mutilated bodies, amnesiac protagonists, and foundlings of AdalatWaqt, and Deedar; the melancholic sensibility and style of Aag or Amar; and the obsessive search for happiness in the romantic films starring Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Sarkar relates the recent proliferation of films about Partition and its aftermath‚€”including Tamas, Gadar, Border and Naseem‚€”to a rising disillusionment with the postcolonial state, the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, economic liberalisation and the emergence of a Hindu-chauvinist nationalism.

Covering Hindi and Bengali commercial cinema, art cinema, and television, Mourning the Nation provides a striking history of Indian cinema that will be of interest not only to specialists of media, literature, and cultural history, but also to lay readers with an investment in 
the psychobiography of the nation.
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The Small Voice of History: Collected Essays by Ranajit Guha, Partha Chatterjee(Ed.) : Rs895 ISBN: 9788178242910

Ranajit Guha is arguably the Indian historian whose writings have had a massive and formative impact on contemporary scholarship in several disciplines throughout the world: on postcolonial studies in literature, in anthropology, in history, in cultural studies, in art history.

Guha first became known as the practitioner of a critical Marxism that ran parallel to the work of British and French Marxist historians of the 1960s and 1970s but which, instead of recreating a ‚€˜history from below‚€™, sought active political engagement with the present by deploying insights drawn from Gramsci and Mao. More recently, Guha‚€™s writings have drawn attention to the phenomenological and the everyday, and been noticed for their sustained critique of the disciplinary practices of history-writing.

Guha‚€™s reputation rests most famously on his international role as founder and guiding spirit of Subaltern Studies, the series of essays and monographs that have, over the past three decades, critiqued colonialist and nationalist historiographies. While spawning new ways of thinking about history in Europe, Latin America, and the USA, these have created a ferment richer than anything else emerging out of modern South Asia, even as they have unsettled many existing frameworks of thought.

Guha‚€™s fascinatingly diverse historical and political writings, dating from the 1950s and tucked away in obscure journals and collections, have been virtually inaccessible: they are brought together for the first time in the present volume, which comprises his Collected Essays in English, forty-four in number.

These writings have been put together by Partha Chatterjee, whose long association with Guha as a founder-member of the Subaltern Studies editorial board is complemented by his own international stature as a historian, political theorist, and public intellectual. Chatterjee‚€™s Introduction sketches the professional life and intellectual trajectory of India‚€™s most profoundly influential modern historian.

Every serious student of South Asian history, politics, and anthropology will be enriched by the astonishing diversity of insights and learning within this book.

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Women in Malayalam Cinema: Naturalising Gender Hierarchies by Meena T. Pillai (Ed.) : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125038658

Drawing on contemporary critical theories and academic debates, Women in Malayalam Cinema: Naturalising Gender Hierarchies analyses Malayalam cinema and the question of women from different perspectives. In its focus on woman-cinema interface, as depicted in a century of Malayalam cinema, this book addresses a wide range of themes crucial for a nuanced understanding of Malayalam film culture‚€”gender stereotyping, marriage and family, the aftermaths of matriliny, caste and gender relations, hegemonic patriarchy, female friendships and soft porn.

These diverse concerns are held together by a key focal point: the paradox of regressive modernisation in Kerala‚€™s cultural politics. While the widely discussed and extolled ‚€˜Kerala Model‚€™ has yielded much grist to the statistical mills of Left-liberal developmental sociologists, questions concerning more precise connections between the impressive developmental indices and the cultural politics that shape the lives and subjectivities of women within this ‚€˜model state‚€™ have remained relatively unexplored. Deconstructing patriarchal dominance in Malayalam cinema, mainstream and avant garde, this collection elucidates how films offer stereotypical images of women conforming to subordination. Be it Vigathakumaran (1928), or Sthree (1950), or a more recent one Achanarangathaveedu (2005)‚€”there is a constant failure across films to look beyond the portrayal of woman as someone ‚€˜who loves to cook and clean, wash and scrub, shine and polish for her man‚€™.

This volume, a first of its kind on Malayalam cinema, has diverse contributions from litterateurs, film critics and screenwriters, and will be of interest to scholars of film, media and gender studies.

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Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City by Ranjani Mazumdar : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178242712

Cinema is a major industry in India. It is also the country‚€™s most powerful cultural form. Yet until now there has been no major examination of the ways in which Bombay‚€™s films serve as a medium for the experience of urban India. Mazumdar‚€™s book reveals a complex modern world convulsed by social crises and transformed by globalization. It leads us into the heart of India‚€™s urban labyrinth, changing and deepening our understanding of a country, its cities, and its cinema.

‚€˜Investigating urban types‚€”angry young men, dangerous psychotics, street loafers, prostitutes, yuppies and gangsters‚€”Ranjani Mazumdar shows how recent Indian cinema provides an archive of urban spaces and of the trauma of a deep social disillusionment ... an urban space imploding under the pressure of globalization and new technology‚€™, says the film critic Tom Gunning.

‚€˜Bombay Cinema is an inspired account of Hindi films as a rich and textured archive of modern urban life in India ... A true gem‚€™, says the historian Gyan Prakash.

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Cinema and Censorship: The Politics of Control in India by Someswar Bhowmik : Rs895 ISBN: 9788125036654

This ‚€˜narrative historiography‚€™ traces the evolution of censorship discourses in post-colonial India, delineates the theoretical bases of censorship claims and contentions, and uncovers its many socio-political dimensions and complexities.

The exercise of film censorship in modern India, Bhowmik argues, must be de-linked from its colonial origins, as such a practice violates the sacrality of the constitutionally granted freedom of speech and expression in the post-independence system. Penetrating the haze of bureaucratic manipulation, judicial laxity, vested interest and political or public pressure surrounding the film censorship debate, the author disagrees with the popular notion of censorship as moral restraint. Rather, he reveals that its true import lies in the propagation of political agendas. The overarching chronological schema that he devises outlines the intricate interplay of policies of governance and strictures of censorship. As in his other books ‚€“ Indian Cinema Colonial Contours (1995) and Behind the glitz: Exploring an Enigma called Indian Film Industry (2008) ‚€“ Bhowmik grounds the specific topicality of Cinema and Censorship within the wider contexts of film history and culture. A riveting read, this book goes into the very heart of the problematiques of Indian cinematic censorship.

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The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower by Robert F. Barsky : Rs850 ISBN: 9788125037262

Noam Chomsky has been praised by the likes of Bono and Hugo Chavez and attacked by the likes of Ton Wolfe and Alan Dershowitz. Ground-breaking linguist and outspoken political dissenter-voted ‚€œmost important public intellectual in the world today‚€ in a 2005 magazine poll-Chomsky inspires fanatical devotion and fierce vituperation. In The Chomsky effect, Chomsky biographer Robert Barsky examines his subject‚€™s positions on a number of highly charged issues-Chomsky‚€™s signature issues, including Vietnam, Israel, East Timor, and his work in linguistics-that illustrate not only ‚€œthe Chomsky effect‚€ but also ‚€œthe Chomsky approach.‚€

Chomsky, writes Barsky, is an inspiration and a catalyst. Not just an analyst or advocate, he encourages people to become engaged---to be ‚€œdangerous‚€ and challenge power and privilege. The actions and reactions of Chomsky supporters and detractors and the attending contentiousness can be thought of as ‚€œthe Chomsky effect‚€. Barsky discusses Chomsky‚€™s work in such areas as language studies, media, education, law, and politics and identifies Chomsky‚€™s intellectual and political precursors. He charts anti-Chomsky sentiments as expressed from various standpoints, including contemporary Zionism, mainstream politics and scholarly communities. He discusses Chomsky‚€™s popular appeal---his unlikely status as punk and rock hero (Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is one of many rock and roll Chomskyites)---and offers in-depth analyses of the controversies surrounding Chomsky‚€™s roles in the ‚€œFaurisson Affair‚€ and the ‚€œPol Pot Affair.‚€ Finally, Barsky considers the role of the public intellectual in order to assess why Noam Chomsky has come to mean so much to so many and what he may mean to generations to come.

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The Essential Mystery: Major Filmmakers of Indian Art Cinema by John W. Hood : Rs1125 ISBN: 9788125037750

A comprehensive overview of Indian art cinema, this substantially revised and updated edition takes a critical look at the major filmmakers of the genre. The film directors who form the corpus of this new edition now include among others Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Govindan Aravindan, Aparna Sen, Girish Kasaravalli, Govind Nihalani, Ritwik Ghatak and Buddhadeb Dasgupta. A final chapter critically examines the works of filmmakers not as prolific as those mentioned earlier‚€”Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani, Goutam Ghose, Ketan Mehta, Manmohan Mahapatra, Nirad Mahapatra and Shaji Karun. Nevertheless they have in their oeuvre, films marked by their excellence. The detailed filmography at the end of the book is a valuable addition for students and scholars of cinema and film aficionados. John Hood‚€™s critical analysis of each filmmaker‚€™s work is lucid and meticulous. The amazing availability of the films under study on DVD, have made this vast treasury of films accessible to the reader. The objective of this book is not to decode each film or provide the right answers‚€”only sensitive responses‚€”and to promote an enhanced appreciation of Indian art cinema.

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The G N Devy Reader : After Amnesia, ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™, The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence by G N Devy : Rs1175 ISBN: 9788125036937

A dominated culture learns not just to be like the culture that dominates it, but also attempts to conceal its own antecedents.  In such cultural encounters, amnesia plays a major role in defining the self-perception of cultures.  G. N. Devy‚€™s  After Amnesia, first published in 1992,  offers an incisive analysis of contemporary literary scholarship in Indian languages by demonstrating how modern Indian languages ‚€˜learnt to forget‚€™ that literary criticism had been rejected by them during the post-Sanskrit medieval centuries, and how they have posed before themselves a false choice of  intellectual practices rooted in culturally distant Western or Sanskritic traditions.  After Amnesia proposes that what has come to be seen as a crisis in Indian literary criticism can be understood if a relevant historiography is formulated. ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™, first published in 1997, is an attempt to formulate such a historiography. If After Amnesia is an essay on literary criticism, ‚€˜Of Many Heroes‚€™ is a historiography of literary historiography in India. It presents a wide spectrum of survey of texts on literary history, beginning with the fourth century Bhartrihari‚€™s Vakyapadiya to the seminal texts produced during the twentieth century.  The Reader brings together two other new essays by G. N. Devy ‚€“ The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence. These philosophical essays discuss the significance of dialects and vanishing languages in the making of civilization, the place of silence and insanity in the making of meaning, and of language itself in the future of knowledge. After closely analyzing the sociological and psychological roots of violence, the author argues that the increasing violence in modern societies and the loss of languages in an increasingly intolerant and aggressive world need to be seen as closely related aspects of the cultural impact of historical processes germinating in colonialism and globalization hostile to cultural plurality. The four essays together present a complete theory of knowledge in postcolonial times. They present a plea for a radical reorientation to the question of education, knowledge, expression and interpretation of linguistic creative. They are, perhaps, the most challenging and unorthodox thesis on epistemic and hermeneutical issues central to modern Indian culture

This Reader is a true summa, bringing together Devy‚€™s ground-breaking work in the field of contemporary Indian thought.

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Beyond the World of Apu ‚€“ the films of Satyajit Ray by John W. Hood : Rs995 ISBN: 9788125035107

In this new work, John W. Hood makes a thoroughly informed critique of all twenty-nine feature films of Satyajit Ray. Structured along themes which the author has identified in Ray's movies, this reassessment analyses each film on the basis of its individual merits and lapses. Having taken us through the two ends of the spectrum of excellence and mediocrity that comprise Ray's work, Hood concludes his incisive study by affirming that ‚€œwhat makes Ray ascend into the realms of the great is his profound sense of humanity.‚€ A highly accessible work on arguably the finest filmmaker India has ever produced, this book will engage not only serious readers of cinematic texts but also be a valuable leaning resource for students of film studies, all over the world.

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A Geopolitics of Academic Writing by A.Suresh Canagarajah : Rs825 ISBN: 9788125031116

A Geopolitics of Academic Writing critiques current scholarly publishing practices and principles, exposing the inequalities in the way academic knowledge is constructed and legitimized. A. Suresh Canagarajah a periphery scholar now working in (and writing from) the center examines the broad Western conventions governing academic writing and argues that their dominance leads to the marginalization of appropriation of the knowledge of Third World communities. ‚€œThis is bold and intellectually honest attempt to deal with the ethnography of writing focusing on the post-Foucauldian problem of power-knowledge as it applies to the unequal relationship between centers of academic power located in the United States and Europe and various peripheries located mostly in the Third World.‚€

  • Gananath Obeyesekere, Princeton University ‚€œCanagarajah deepens and sharpens our understanding of the luxury of ordinary research, writing, and publishing practices even as he guides us through a thicket of extraordinary postcolonial barriers to the democratization of academic scholarship and publication.‚€
  • Linda Brodkey, University of California, San Diego ‚€œWill stand as a landmark for decades to come‚€
  • Lester Faigley, University of Texas
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The Cinematic ImagiNation: Indian Popular Films as Social History by Jyotika Virdi : Rs595 ISBN: 9788178241869

India produces more films than any other country in the world, and these works are avidly consumed by non-Western cultures in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and by the Indian communities in Australia, Britain, the Caribbean Islands, and North America. Jyotika Virdi focuses on how this dominant medium configures the ‚€˜nation‚€™ in post-Independence Hindi cinema. She scrutinizes approximately thirty films that have appeared since 1950 and demonstrates how concepts of the nation form the center of this cinema's moral universe. As a kind of storytelling, Indian cinema provides a fascinating account of social history and cultural politics, with the family deployed as a symbol of the nation. Virdi demonstrates how the portrayal of the nation as a mythical community in Hindi films collapses under the weight of its own contradictions‚€”irreconcilable differences that encompass gender, sexuality, family, class, and religious communities. Through these film narratives, the author traces transactions among the various constituencies that struggle, accommodate, coexist uneasily, or reconstitute each other over time, and in the process, reveal the topography of postcolonial culture.

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Towards Freedom by Sharmila Purkayastha, Shampa Roy, Saswati Sengupta (Eds.) : Rs625 ISBN: 9788125031871

Rabindranath Tagore's Ghare Baire was first serialised in 1914 and published as a novel in 1916. The events in the novel deal with the period 1905-7, a period of tremendous political unrest in Bengal. The public upheaval takes place alongside another revolution ‚€“ that of women's emancipation and a new gender equation. Ghare Bhaire (The Home and the World) is the first fictional exploration of the tangled web of crucial issues related to the two spheres, the home and the world, in early twentieth century Bengal. Towards Freedom is a collection of critical essays on the issues raised by Tagore's novel in a contemporary world where differences of religion, region, class, caste, gender, etc., constantly demand to be addressed. It focuses upon the crafting of the novel out of complex historical contexts of caste, class and gender politics. By examining the play of ideologies in this novel, the anthology aims to help students recognise the importance of locating imaginative literature within its histories. Given that most of these structured hierarchies of oppression function powerfully in our lives even today, Towards Freedom stresses the continuing relevance of engaging with the issues raised by a novel which looks at the private and the political as intertwined.

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The Films of Buddhadeb Dasgupta by John W Hood : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125028024

Buddhadeb Dasgupta has established himself as one of India‚€™s finest filmmakers and won international acclaim for his thirteen feature films characterised by technical excellence and artistic beauty and noted for their extraordinary originality in both style and substance. In this book, every one of the feature films are discussed in detail the films about the vulnerability of dedication, the struggle against poverty, the integrity of the modern day artist, notions of sanity and insanity and falling out of history, the transcending of human society and its various constraints on creativity, and the triumph of beauty over the ugliness of violence. There is a concluding chapter on the relationship between his poetry and his cinema.

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Our Films Their Films by Satyajit Ray : Rs495 ISBN: 9788125015659

This book brings together Satyajit Ray‚€™s major writings and talks on film makers, and presents them in two sections. Our Films is devoted mainly to his own experiences and contains many interesting anecdotes, but also has observations to offer on trends in Indian films. Their Films deals with some films abroad that have become landmarks in the history of cinema‚€”from the silent era to the present day and offers glimpses of great directors like Renoir, John Ford, Kurosawa and Charlie Chaplin, who are Ray‚€™s personal favourites.

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