Cultures of Memory in South Asia: Orality, Literacy and the by D. Venkat Rao

By D. Venkat Rao

Culture of reminiscence in South Asia reconfigures eu representations of India as a paradigmatic extension of a classical interpreting, which posits the relation among textual content and context in a made up our minds manner. It explores the South Asian cultural reaction to eu “textual” inheritances. the most argument of this paintings is that the reflective and generative nodes of Indian cultural formations can be found within the configurations of reminiscence, the physique and idiom (verbal and visual), the place the physique or the physique advanced turns into the performative impression and medium of articulated stories. This paintings advances its arguments through attractive with mnemocultures-cultures of reminiscence that live on and proliferate in speech and gesture. Drawing on Sanskrit and Telugu reflective resources, this paintings emphasizes the necessity to interact with cultural reminiscence and the compositional modes of Indian reflective traditions. this crucial and unique paintings specializes in the ruptured and stigmatised assets of heterogeneous Indian traditions and demands severe humanities that stream past the colonially configured bought traditions. Cultures of Memory indicates the probabilities of transcultural severe humanities learn and instructing projects from the Indian context in today’s academy.

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At one level this work, exploring the relation between reflective and generative forces in the articulations of the materiality of memory, body and idiom, can be seen as a primal inquiry—in the context of Indic cultural formations—regarding the relation between the body and symbolization. Cultures of memory in the Indic context, I contend, are more inclined towards embodied and enacted modes of verbal and visual symbolization. Hence their indifference at an epistemic level towards writing and the archive as symbols of abstraction and representation in the Indian cultural formations.

In Telugu literary scenario Vemana can be figured as a symptomatic moment in the internalization of double attack inaugurated by colonial violence. The chapter also indicates the survival of mnemocultural impulse and response in the dispersed compositions of Vemana. 7 Formative Singularities This work hypothesizes that the mnemocultural impulse (as detailed here) that lives on in heterogeneous traditions of India might help us configure the differentia specifica of Indian cultural formations. Mnemocultures impel us to reflect on the filiations of biocultural formations and cultural forms.

Cf. Mohanty (1992, p. 275). 20 1 Introduction: Through the Postcolonial Abyss With writing as its emblematic sign, the centralized archive unleashed primitive accumulation (retrieval) impulse for scribal accounts in the colonial epoch and deployed a classical interpretive model that seeks genetic relation between texts and contexts. In contrast, speech and gestural forms of communication continue to shape and structure the immensity of heterogeneous reflective, compositional performative genres (of various jatis) in Indian context.

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