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Literary Cultures and Digital Humanities in India

Edited By Nishat Zaidi, A. Sean Pue

This book explores the use of digital humanities (DH) to understand, interpret, and annotate the poetics of Indian literary and cultural texts, which circulate in digital forms — in manuscripts — and as oral or musical performance.

Drawing on the linguistic, cultural, historical, social, and geographic diversity of Indian texts and contexts, it foregrounds the use of digital technologies — including minimal computing, novel digital humanities research and teaching methodologies, critical archive generation and maintenance — for explicating poetics of Indian literatures and generating scholarly digital resources which will facilitate comparative readings.

With contributions from DH scholars and practitioners from across India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and more, this book will be a key intervention for scholars and researchers of literature and literary theory, DH, media studies, and South Asian Studies.

Table of Contents


PART I: Digital Humanities from the Sidelines: Theoretical Considerations

1. Digital Cultures in India: Digitality and its Discontents – Maya Dodd

2. Digital Literary Studies in Uncertain Times – Dhanashree Thorat

3. Reading World Literature at a Distance: Challenges and Opportunities – Michael Falk

PART II: Archives, Ethics, Praxis

4. Digital Archives for Indian Literatures and Cultures: Challenges and Prospects – Parthasarathi Bhowmik

5. Bichitra: The Online Tagore Varororium Project – Spandana Bhowmik

6. Presenting Purple Pencil Project as a case study of Digital Humanities Project in Practice in the field of Indian Literatures – Prakruti Maniar

7. Archiving “Community’s Voices” in Karbi Anglong: Collective Memory and Digital Apprehensions – Debashree Dattaray

8. Rekhta to Digital Remapping of Urdu Literary Culture and Public Sphere – Nishat Zaidi and Aqib Sabir

PART III:  Forms in Flux I: Trajectories of Digital Cultures in Indian Literatures

9. Digitizing Derozio: Mapping the Local and the Global Contexts of an Anglo-Indian Poet – Amardeep Singh

10. The Internet in the Context of Indian Women’s Poetry in English – Shruti Sareen

11. Putting the Local in the Global- Indian Graphic Novels the New Vogue of The Indian Writing in English – Aibhi Biswas

12. Quantitative Stepwise Analysis of the Impact of Technology in Indian English Novels 1947–2001 – Shanmugapriya T, Nirmala Menon and Deborah Sutton

13. Un-scripting the Narrative: The Special Case of Hindi-Urdu Audiobook – Abiral Kumar

PART IV: Forms in Flux II: Born Digital

14. Voices of the ‘Missing’: Subaltern Poetics in Indian Videogames – Souvik Mukherjee

15. Narrative and Play: Some Reflections on Videogames Based on Bollywood – Nishat Haider

16. Hitman 2 and its spectre of Mumbai: A city lost in translation. – Samya Brata Roy

17. Electronic Literature in India: Where is it Does it even exist?” by Dr Nirmala Menon and Justy Joseph

PART V: Digital Atmospheres

18. The Cult of YouTube Mushairas in India’s Small Towns – Yousuf Saeed

19. Performative Politics in Digital Spaces: An Analysis of Lokshahiri (People’s Poetry) on YouTube – Avanti Chhatre

20.Encountering the Digital- Jhumur Folk songs, Memory, Migration and the Digital – Devika Shekhawat

21. Infusing Digital Media into Theatre in Contemporary Indian Performances” – Tanya Jaluthria, Independent Scholar

22. Afterword. Rethinking Digital Colonialisms: The Limits of Postcolonial Digital Humanities – Roopika Risam

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