Title

Whose culture is it? Contesting the modern

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Arts and Ideas

Publication Date

12-1-1993

Issue

25/26

First Page

139

Last Page

151

Publisher

Tulika Print Communication Services

Abstract

The activity of judging or evaluating has been a foundational impulse of literary criticism as it has taken shape as an academic discipline. Focussing on the literary debates in Karnataka, this paper argues that the evolution of the criticism of literature in the last hundred years is tied to the emergence in Karnataka of the 'modem' (used here as a shorthand for global processes such as industrialization, the expansion of colonialism, the creation of democracy, of post-colonial nationstates, the growth of mass communication, the rise of mass social movements; and also for the many fine-grained processes of the transformation of everyday life, such as, for instance, the creation of new subjectivities). To trace the historical complexity of literary evaluation' as a conceptual formation, then, is to sketch one possible genealogy of the constitution of Kannada modernity itself.

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09705309

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Additional Information

This article also published in S. Marathe, et.al. (Eds.) (1994), A way of leaving so as to stay: Papers in honour of S. Viswanathan (pp. 127-152). Madras: T.R. Publications.

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Niranjana, T. (1993). Whose culture is it? Contesting the modern. Journal of Arts and Ideas, (25/26), 139-151.