Image Cultures of Modern India
Tapati Guha-Thakurta
PICTURING THE NATION: ICONOGRAPHIES OF MODERN INDIA by Richard Davis Orient Longman, 2007, 274 pp., 795
October 2007, volume 31, No 10

This book belongs to an emergent genre of scholarship that has come to represent the latest, most prominent face of South Asian cultural studies. The main concern of the genre has been with the popular public cultures that have shaped the complex histories of modernity and nationalism in 19th and 20th century India, tracking a variety of representations and practices that make up this cultural field. More recently, there has been an obsession with visual imagery that has driven this scholarly trail towards the many picture worlds and print complexes of contemporary India, with the conviction that it is this image-field

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