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Graphic Novels and Visual Cultures in South Asia

ISBN 9780367437114
Published February 10, 2020 by Routledge
130 Pages

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Book Description

Graphic Novels and Visual Cultures in South Asia explores the shifting landscapes of the graphic narratives and related visual cultures scene in South Asia today.

This exciting volume explores the ever-developing scene of graphic novels, graphic narratives and related visual cultures in South Asia. Covering topics such as Tamil comics, material memory, the politics of graphic adaptation, the fandom of Ms Marvel as well as watching Pakistani social lives on Indian TV, this collection of essays are testament to how visual cultures across South Asia are responding to a new world order. The collection of work explores how certain visual cultures in South Asia are attempting to re-shape previous modes of visuality by unpacking what it means to be living in South Asia today.

Through its inclusion of articles, visual essays and in-conversation pieces, this collection offers insight into the ways in which this narrative is unfolding, the kind of stories which are being told and how, in telling these stories, South Asian society is called upon to engage and crucially, to react to what we see, how and why we see it. This book was originally published as a special issue of the South Asian Popular Culture journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction E. Dawson Varughese and Rajinder Dudrah

Chapter 1: Graphics of the Multitude: Reading Figure and Text in Drawing from the City, Filippo Menozzi

Chapter 2: Development Narratives, Media and Women in Pakistan: Shifts and Continuities, Shirin Zubair

Chapter 3: Diasporic (Dis)Identification: The Participatory Fandom of Ms. Marvel, Winona Landis

Chapter 4: Visualising Caste: A Gardener in the Wasteland and the politics of graphic adaptation, Deepali Yadav

Chapter 5: Watching Zindagi, Pakistani Social Lives on Indian TV, Spandan Bhattacharya and Anugyan Nag

Chapter 6: War Cry of the Beggars: An exploration into city, cinema and graphic narratives, Madhuja Mikherjee

Chapter 7: Remnants of a Separation: a ghara and a gaz, from Lahore to Amritsar to Delhi, Aanchal Malhotra

Chapter 8: Tamil Comics: New Media, revival, and the recovery of history, Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai

Chapter 9: ‘IMPOSTERS’: an interview with graphic artist and designer Orijit Sen, E. Dawson Varughese

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E. Dawson Varughese is an independent scholar and a Senior Fellow at Manipal Centre for Humanities, India. She publishes on Indian genre fiction in English see Genre Fiction of New India: Post-Millennial Receptions of "Weird" Narratives (Routledge) as well as on public wall art and Indian graphic narratives. Further information about her work can be found at and

Rajinder Dudrah is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries in the School of Media, Birmingham City University, UK. He has researched and published widely across film, media and cultural studies. His books include, amongst others, Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge). He is also the founding Co-Editor of the journal South Asian Popular Culture.