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Literary Cultures and Digital Humanities in India

ISBN 9781032406756
Published December 29, 2022 by Routledge India
414 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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

Roopika Risam

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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.