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Re-storying The Indigenous And The Popular Imaginary

Subtitle: Volume III

Authored By: Prem Kumari Srivastava & Gitanjali Chawla

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352073856

Year of Publication: 2017

Pages: 234

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  English Literature

Price in Rs. 630.00

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Book Description

Book Contents


The first two volumes in the series on De-territorialising Diversities: Cultures, Literatures and Languages of the Indigenous opened avenues for deeper reflection on the challenge to hegemonic systems which had, thus far, disregarded the richness and diversity in indigenous voices. This third volume on the interface between the indigenous and the popular imaginary is a timely critical intervention as it re-opens the dialogue on marga and desi traditions in the context of a techno savvy, neo- cosmopolitan society today.

- Malashri Lai

Professor, Department of English and Dean of Colleges,

Chairperson, Research Council, University of Delhi (Retd.)

Convener, English Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi

The trilogy comprising Cultures of the Indigenous: India and Beyond (Volume 1), De-territorialising Diversities: Literatures of the Indigenous and Marginalised (Volume 2) and Re-storying the Indigenous and the Popular Imaginary (Volume 3) is a window into the interstices of both cultural rootedness and mobility of oral traditions. It interrogates hegemonies and de-territorialises static cultural constructs. The anthologies probe the shifting and porous concentrics of margins and centres. Interdisciplinary in both letter and spirit, the series offer approaches from varied disciplines of anthropology, sociology, literature and cultural studies. The current offering opens up the debates even further as it looks at the interpolations of the Indigenous in the popular imaginary.

- Molly Kaushal

Professor, Performance Studies & Head, Janpada Sampada Division

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi


About the Book


This volume III takes forward the journey that began in Cultures of the Indigenous: India and Beyond (Volume 1) and De-territorialising Diversities: Literatures of the Indigenous and Marginalised (Volume 2). As a collection of shared narratives and lived experiences, it goes beyond mere explorations. The essays from popular art, cinema, literature, and culture, widen cracks beneath the surface, uncover spaces that need revelation, voice silences that need to be heard, and raise pertinent questions for which perhaps there are no ready answers. Some of them are about the thematics of representation in an age of postcoloniality and cosmopolitanism, others are regarding the local in the global, still others are about acceptance and rejection. The articles cover a vast expanse, both, temporal and spatial, all engaged in de-territorialising diversities of communities in India and beyond. They map the vast and varied spectrum of debates and dialogues emerging from the dialectical engagements of the indigenous communities: their constructions, representations, collaborations, and negotiations in the popular imagination.

About the Author


Prem Kumari Srivastava, a recipient of several fellowships, is Associate Professor of English at Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi. A scholar, editor and translator, Prem has more than 80 publications (research papers, book chapters, creative writing, translations etc) and 5 authored and edited books in the field of Indigenous Studies, American Studies, Popular Culture and Creative Writing to her credit. Her recent book, Leslie Fiedler: Critic, Provocateur, Pop Culture Guru (2014) published by McFarland & Inc Publishers, USA has earned a citation in Oxford Bibliographies. Her research interests are Cultural Studies with a sharp focus on the Indigenous and the Popular, American Literature, Innovative English Language Materials Production and Sant Mat.


Folklorist, Researcher, Educationist, Editor and Materials Producer, Gitanjali Chawla is an Associate Professor of English at Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi, India. Her research on the folk songs of Punjab has led to an active participation in several fora, both at the national and international level and has several publications in journals of repute to her credit. She has also dabbled in translation and is keenly interested in innovative pedagogies in the virtual mode.