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A Raghuramaraju

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198070122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.001.0001

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Modernity and Art, India and Textile

Modernity and Art, India and Textile

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Modernity in Indian Social Theory

A. Raghuramaraju

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that there is a more direct relation between modernity and the West, focusing on the link between modernity and art and literature. It shows how a different relation between modernity and art and literature exists in India. More specifically, it claims that disinheriting the past was the precondition for the rise of a new discourse of art and literature in the West. The absence of this precondition did not enable the rise of art and literature in India in the way it did in the West. However, it gave rise to the politics of textile in India.

Keywords:   India, textile, modernity, art, literature, politics, West

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