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Old Stacks, New Leaves: The Arts of the Book in South Asia (Hardcover)

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By Sonal Khullar (Editor)
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A deep dive into the visual forms, material contexts, social lives, and global circulations of books

In the twenty-first century, debates on the future of books and print culture have intensified with the rise of digital technologies, and the contemporary art world has witnessed an explosion of interest in the book form. Amid this artistic and intellectual activity, there has been little scrutiny of book arts in South Asia and their particular ontologies, histories, and genealogies. This volume weaves together scholarly essays, original artistic projects, and works of creative nonfiction to trace a history of illustrated books in South Asia from 1100 CE to the present.

From Nepalese palm-leaf manuscripts and imperial Mughal albums to lithographed cookbooks and mimeographed magazines, contributors examine a diverse range of materials rarely, if ever, studied together. Thematically organized, the chapters stage a critical dialogue between artists and scholars, emphasizing the visual, material, aesthetic, and phenomenological dimensions of books. Against narratives of the death of books in a digital age, this volume argues for the book as a vital form and dynamic practice. Written in a lucid and lively style, it will be of interest to scholars, curators, artists, critics, students, museum visitors, and readers of contemporary comics and graphic novels.

About the Author

Sonal Khullar is W. Norman Brown Associate Professor of South Asian Studies in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is author of Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990. Contributors: Elizabeth Dadi, Iftikhar Dadi, Sylvia Houghteling, Jinah Kim, Naila Mahmood, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Yael Rice, Holly Shaffer, T. Shanaathanan, Parismita Singh, Laura Weinstein, and Anand A. Yang

Product Details
ISBN: 9780295751115
ISBN-10: 0295751118
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: May 9th, 2023
Pages: 328
Language: English