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Picturing The Nation: Iconographies of Modern India
Picturing The Nation: Iconographies of Modern India
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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 imagining the nation is a predominantly verbal and discursive activity, Picturing the nation presents a visual history of modern India.

About the Author

Richard H. Davis is Professor in the programs of Religion and Asian Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY. His publications include Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: worshiping Siva in Medieval India (1991) and Lives of Indian Images (1997).

CONTENTS
List of Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction1
Richard H. Davis
1Body Politic(s): Maps and Mother, Goddesses in Modern India32
Sumathi Ramaswamy
2The Body and the Bomb: Technologies of Modernity in Colonial India51
Christopher Pinney
3Against Allegory: Binode Bihari Mukherjee's Medieval Saints at Shantiniketan66
Ajay Sinha
4More than Meets the (Hindu) Eye: The Public Arena as a Space for Alternative Visions92
Sandria B. Freitag
5From Rajadharma to Indian Nationalism: Iconographies of Pre- and Post-Independence Jaipur117
Catherine B. Asher
6The Efficacious Image: Pictures and Power in Indian Mass Culture144
Kajri Jain
7"I am a National Artist": Popular Art in the Sphere of Hindutva171
Christiane Brosius
8Spectacles of Nationalism in the Ganapati Utsav of Maharashtra206
Raminder Kaur
Bibliography242
List of Contributors262
Index265

Picturing The Nation: Iconographies of Modern India

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2007
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From the Jacket

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 imagining the nation is a predominantly verbal and discursive activity, Picturing the nation presents a visual history of modern India.

About the Author

Richard H. Davis is Professor in the programs of Religion and Asian Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY. His publications include Ritual in an Oscillating Universe: worshiping Siva in Medieval India (1991) and Lives of Indian Images (1997).

CONTENTS
List of Illustrationsvii
Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction1
Richard H. Davis
1Body Politic(s): Maps and Mother, Goddesses in Modern India32
Sumathi Ramaswamy
2The Body and the Bomb: Technologies of Modernity in Colonial India51
Christopher Pinney
3Against Allegory: Binode Bihari Mukherjee's Medieval Saints at Shantiniketan66
Ajay Sinha
4More than Meets the (Hindu) Eye: The Public Arena as a Space for Alternative Visions92
Sandria B. Freitag
5From Rajadharma to Indian Nationalism: Iconographies of Pre- and Post-Independence Jaipur117
Catherine B. Asher
6The Efficacious Image: Pictures and Power in Indian Mass Culture144
Kajri Jain
7"I am a National Artist": Popular Art in the Sphere of Hindutva171
Christiane Brosius
8Spectacles of Nationalism in the Ganapati Utsav of Maharashtra206
Raminder Kaur
Bibliography242
List of Contributors262
Index265
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