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Re-Use-The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety

Re-Use-The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety

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February 2012 | 360 pages | SAGE India
Presented here is a novel approach to understanding the relationship between the past and the present using the unique concept of re-use, wherein elements from the past are strategically adapted into the present, and thus become part of a new modernity. The book uses this method as a heuristic tool for analysing and interpreting cultural and political changes and the transnational flow of ideas, concepts and objects. The chapters apply this concept to South Asia but the concept of re-use and the method of its application are both general and amenable to cross-cultural and comparative analysis.

Re-use is a collection of well-researched and lucidly written scholarly articles that apply the concept of re-use to different aspects of cultural, political and material life-from art, architecture and jewellery to religion, statesmen and legislatures. By not treating artistic, political, religious and cultural developments as linear evolutions, this book encourages readers to understand them as a continuous modification of the past and a periodic return to earlier forms.

Beautifully illustrated with exquisite images, and containing a scholarly bibliography pointing in the direction of hitherto unexplored terrain, this new text will be a source of inspiration to the specialist and a source of delight to the general reader.

Art and Politics: The Dialectics of Duality, Affinity and Confluence

Julia A B Hegewald and Subrata K Mitra
Towards a Theory of Re-Use: Desecration, Retro and Fake Versus Improvement, Innovation and Integration

Julia A B Hegewald
The Past in the Present: Temple Conversions in Karnataka and Appropriation and Re-Use in Orissa

Julia A B Hegewald and Subrata K Mitra
Chola and Neo-Chola Temple Architecture in and around Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

George Michell
Indian Jewellery and Nineteenth-Century Britain: Evolving Patterns of Re-Use

Nick Barnard
Re-use in the Yakshagana Theatre of Coastal Karnataka

Katrin Binder
Indian Painting at the Beginning of the 20th Century: Modernism and Re-Use of Ancient Pictorial Traditions

Tiziana Lorenzetti
Politics of Art and the Art of Politics: Re-Use of 'Tribal' Arts and Artefacts in Modern Orissa

Prasanna K Nayak
Another Form of Re-Use? Institutional Continuity and 'Indigenisation' of Westminster Parliamentarism and Western Party Politics in Post-Colonial India

Clemens Spiess
Myth, Idea, Dream and Vision: Nehru's Discovery of India

Jivanta Schöttli
Use and Re-Use of 'Pakistan' in the Indian Muslim Press (1932-1947)

Thierry DiCostanzo
Buddhism and Collective Emancipation in Modern India: A Sociological Investigation of B R Ambedkar's Re-Use of Buddha's Dharma in the Dalit Movement

Edward A Rodrigues
'The Jain Way of Life': Modern Re-Use and Re-Interpretation of Ancient Jain Concepts

Sabine Scholz
Icons, Nations and Re-Use: Marianne, France and Bharat Mata, India

Subrata K Mitra and Lion König

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ISBN: 9788132106555