[Reader-list] upanyason ka shahar
kundankaushav at indiatimes.com
Thu Dec 26 14:04:15 IST 2002
My name is Kundan Kaushav and I am working on the world of Hindi popular fictions.
The topic of my proposal is "Upanyason ka shahar: the world of Hindi popular fiction, its economy and its images".
WHAT AM I SUPPOSE TO DO:
IN THE PROPOSED PROJECT AN ATTEMPT WOULD BE MADE TO
UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC NETWORKS IN AND THROUGH WHICH THE BAZAAR OF HINDI POPULAR FICTOIN(HPF) OPERATE(NETWORKS)
UNDERSTAND THE WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN THE PRODUCTION 0F HPF AT DIFFERENT LEVELS(i.e. READERS, SELLERS, WRITERS, AND PUBLISHERS) IMAGINE THIS FIELD OF LITERARY PRODUCTION(SELF-IMAGE)
STUDY IMAGES OF CRIME AND CITY- TWO VERY SIGNIFICANT THEMES OF THESE FICTIONS(HOW ONE KIND OF UNDERBELLY IMAGINES THE OTHER)
BUILD A SMALL ARCHIVE OF DATA COLLECTED FROM THE FIELD ON THIS SUBJECT.
PLAN OF WORK:
The proposed project is divided into three stages:
1. field study
mapping of the distribution network
interview with writers , publishers, distributors, sellers and readers
collection of book titles, business documents etc
2. documentation and building an archive of interviews and other collected material
3.close textual analysis on crime and city in the texts of two writers- Surendra Mohan Pathak and Ved Prakash Sharma.
The presentation and write ups will be done ibn both hindi as well as english.
WHY TO WORK ON HPF:
A reading of the world of hpf provides not just an entry point into the discourse of popular reading practices but it forces us to rethink the relationship between aesthetics and literature. The excitement and entertainment that accompany the pulp fiction, the emotional attachment that a reader experiences with these productions and the centrality of bazaar forces in making of this field of literary preoduction make this an interesting field of study.
The study of popular reading practices demands to locate the subject in the wider field of bazaar economy that shapes this field. At the same time, reading practices enjoy certain kind of autonomy which can not be allowed to be consumed by the demands of economics. To understand the zone of interaction between popular reading cultures and the economics of the bazaar, a framework of ethnographic field study of people involved in this world of reading and the process of their interaction is needed.
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