South Asia

Organized Panel Session

141 - New Wine in Old Bottles: Narrative Strategies in Early Modern India

7/7/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

This panel will examine texts from the eighteenth and early nineteenth century South Asia, which reworked new historical realities and knowledge systems into traditional narrative tropes. This was a period of transition from the early modern world of the post-Mughal kingdoms to the beginnings of colonial rule. Newly emergent social anxieties were eased with novel narrative styles and media. Thus, many texts in this period do not neatly fit traditional literary categories, because of aberrations in content, form, or media. As with several literary cultures, the re-use and re-working of popular narrative structures to include new and recent historic and popular memories was not unknown. Thus, contemporary realities and historic tales were recanted and recounted differently. The proliferation of print, particularly in the nineteenth century, served as a catalyst for such retellings. Since a lot of early colonial scholarship on South Asia is from this period, it is based on such accounts, which were sometimes falsely presumed to be timeless. 

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Pushkar Sohoni

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India

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Pushkar Sohoni

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India

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Pushkar Sohoni

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India

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Deepra Dandekar

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany

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Torsten Tschacher

Free University Berlin, Germany

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Kedar Kulkarni

Flame University, India

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