1st Edition

Literary Cultures and Digital Humanities in India

Edited By Nishat Zaidi, A. Sean Pue Copyright 2023
    414 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    414 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    414 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    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.



    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 Rekhta.org: 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


    Afterword. Rethinking Digital Colonialisms: The Limits of Postcolonial Digital Humanities

    Roopika Risam


    Nishat Zaidi is Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. As a scholar, critic, and translator, she is a recipient of several prestigious grants and has conducted collaborative research with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of Witwatersrand, SA; South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany; and Michigan State University, USA. Her publications include Day and Dastan translated by Nishat Zaidi and Alok Bhalla (2018); Purdah and Polygamy: Life in an Indian Muslim Household, by Iqbalunnisa Hussain, edited and introduced by Nishat Zaidi (2018); Between Worlds: The Travels of Yusuf Khan Kambalposh translated and edited by Mushirul Hasan and Nishat Zaidi (2014) among others. Her forthcoming work is Karbala: A Historical Play (translation of Premchand’s play Karbala with a critical introduction and notes) to be published in 2022. 

    A. Sean Pue is Associate Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture at Michigan State University, USA. He is the author of I Too Have Some Dreams: N. M. Rashed and Modernism in Urdu Poetry (2014). An Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowship allowed Pue to study linguistics and computer/data science and to develop “Publics of Sound: Data Driven Analysis of the of Poetic Innovation in South Asia,” which includes an extensive sound archive of South Asian poetry and analytical and methodological writings. Pue holds a Ph.D. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University.