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Media Technology and Cultures of Memory
Mapping Indian Narratives

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ISBN 9781032385860
June 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume studies narrative memories in India through oral, chirographic and digital cultures.  It examines oral cultures of memory culled out from diverse geographical and cultural landscapes of India and throws light on multiple aspects of remembering and registering the varied cultural tapestry of the country. The book also explores themes like oral culture and memory markers; memory and its paratextual services; embodied memory practices in the cultural traditions;  between myths and monuments; literary and lived experiences; print culture and memory markers; marginalized memories in hagiographies; displaying memories online; childhood trauma, memory and flashbacks; and the politics of remembering and forgetting.


Rich in case studies from across India, this interdisciplinary book is a must read for scholars and researchers of cultural studies, sociology, political science, English literature, South Asian studies, social anthropology, social history, and post-colonial studies.

Table of Contents

Media Technology and Cultures of Memory in India: An Introduction- Elwin Susan John and Amal P Mathews. Part I: Oral Culture and Memory Markers. 1. Between Myths and Monuments: Memorialization in Koti Chennaya Tradition of Tulunad - Yogitha Shetty. 2. Khuded Geet: Nostalgic Songs of Garhwali Married Women- Mamta Sharma. 3. Translation as Intergenerational Transmission of Memory: Snake Worship in Kerala- Aparna Jith. Part II: Print Culture and Memory Markers. 4. A Baker’s Dozen on Memory: Reading and Writing “Acknowledgments”- K Narayana Chandran. 5. Saints Textualized: Pious Commemoration of ‘Friends of God’ and Vernacular Hagiographies in the Nineteenth Century Malabar- Muhammad Niyas Ashraf 6. My memory keeps getting in the way of your history: Memory as counter historic discourse in the poems of Agha Shahid Ali- Arnab Dasgupta and Swagata Singha Ray. Part III- Electronic Culture and Memory Markers. 7. Mayurakshi: A River to Live by’- Saurabh Bhattacharyya. 8. Mnemonic Reimaginations: Situating the Anglo-Indian Literary, Lived, and Spatial Representations in Post-colonial Kerala - Aiswarya Sanath and Manoj Parameswaran. 9. Traumatic Memory and Child-Cry in Guilty Cinema - Mousumi Sen. Part IV- 10. Gender, Partition and Memory: Case Studies in Micro-Heritage and Identity - Meghamala Ghosh and Sarasi Ganguly. 11. The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting: The Plurality of Subjectivity in Memories of “Desh". 12. Meals & Migrations: Sindhi Culinary Memories of the Partition - Yash Rakesh Gupta. 



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Elwin Susan John is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Sophia College (Autonomous), Mumbai, since 2015. Prior to this, she was a UGC-SRF researcher at the University of Hyderabad where she worked on the socio-cultural intersections between body and disease narratives. She was awarded an M.Phil in 2012 and a doctoral degree in 2018. Ever since, she has been actively involved in interdisciplinary research ventures along with full time teaching.

Amal P Mathews is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Assumption College (Autonomous), Kerala, since 2012. She was awarded an MPhil from University of Hyderabad in 2012. Besides being involved in various teaching learning initiatives at her workspace, she is also interested in exploring new dimensions of literature and translation. She is currently pursuing her doctoral research in the interdisciplinary field of children’s human rights in the twenty first century fiction.