Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures

Cultures of Memory in South Asia

Orality, Literacy and the Problem of Inheritance

Authors: Rao, D. Venkat

  • First comprehensive work on cultural memory in South Asia
  • Affirms the need for critical humanities that would reorient teaching and research in South Asia
  • Advances epistemic comparisons and contrasts between Indian and Europe
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About this book

Culture of Memory in South Asia reconfigures European representations of India as a paradigmatic extension of a classical reading, which posits the relation between text and context in a determined way. It explores the South Asian cultural response to European “textual” inheritances. The main argument of this work is that the reflective and generative nodes of Indian cultural formations are located in the configurations of memory, the body and idiom (verbal and visual), where the body or the body complex becomes the performative effect and medium of articulated memories. This work advances its arguments by engaging with mnemocultures-cultures of memory that survive and proliferate in speech and gesture. Drawing on Sanskrit and Telugu reflective sources, this work emphasizes the need to engage with cultural memory and the compositional modes of Indian reflective traditions. This important and original work focuses on the ruptured and stigmatised resources of heterogeneous Indian traditions and calls for critical humanities that move beyond the colonially configured received traditions. Cultures of Memory suggests the possibilities of transcultural critical humanities research and teaching initiatives from the Indian context in today’s academy.

About the authors

D. Venkat Rao teaches at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. His earlier works include, In Citations: Readings in Area Studies of Culture (1999) and a translation of The Last Brahmin (2007). He writes in English and Telugu in the areas of literary and cultural studies, mnemocultures and comparative thought.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Through the Postcolonial Abyss

    Rao, D. Venkat

    Pages 1-30

  • Configurations of Memory and the Work of Difference

    Rao, D. Venkat

    Pages 33-58

  • Futures of the Past: Mnemocultures and the Question of Inheritance

    Rao, D. Venkat

    Pages 59-88

  • Learning in the Double Bind: Mnemotextual Inquiries and Action Knowledges

    Rao, D. Venkat

    Pages 91-130

  • Fables of Identity and Contingencies of Certainty: Disarticulations of the Panchatantra

    Rao, D. Venkat

    Pages 131-157

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-81-322-1698-8
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Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-81-322-3507-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultures of Memory in South Asia
Book Subtitle
Orality, Literacy and the Problem of Inheritance
Authors
Series Title
Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-1698-8
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-1698-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-1697-1
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-3507-1
Series ISSN
2211-1107
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 336
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