[Reader-list] [Announcements] Talk @ Sarai by Rashmi Sadana

Mitoo Das mitoo at sarai.net
Wed Apr 16 16:02:40 IST 2008

Hi all,
This is a reminder for the talk we have tomorrow afternoon by Rashmi Sadana.
The details for the talk is given below.

Talk @ Sarai*
"Koi Acchi Kitab": Transnational Markets and the Indian Publisher
Speaker: Rashmi Sadana
Date: *17th April 2008, Thursday*
Time: *4:00 pm*
Venue: *Seminar Room, CSDS
This paper begins with a provocation about the framing of Indian 
literature in the transnational marketplace, and then turns to a 
discussion of Ravi Dayal and the Hindi publishers of Ansari Road. I 
frame my interviews with literary publishers as an intellectual history 
of the present in order to ask : How did Hindi and English language 
publishers position themselves in the decades immediately after 
Independence? And, what might that tell us about the ways in which the 
two languages having been vying for national legitimacy ever since? The 
paper will juxtapose these transnational (London-New York) and local 
(Delhi) narratives of how to make "good books" in order to spark a 
larger discussion about how literature is produced, texts are 
interpreted and audiences cultivated.

Rashmi Sadana received her Ph.D. from the University of California, 
Berkeley in 2003 and, from 2003 till 2007, was a postdoctoral fellow and 
lecturer in Anthropology at Columbia University. She is now based in 
Delhi, completing a book manuscript about the intersection of language 
politics and Indian literary production and is co-editing The Cambridge 
Companion to Modern Indian Culture.

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