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Ritu G. KhanduriCaricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World

Cambridge University Press, 2014

by Ian Cook on April 20, 2015

Ritu G. Khanduri

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Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2014) is a wonderful piece of visual anthropology by Ritu Gairola Khanduri, which uses the history of cartoons, from colonial to current times, to talk about various aspects of Indian society from the state, to political society to modernity. Through archival material and fascinating discussions with cartoonists, the book reveals the various ways in which cartoons talk in India, past and present.

 

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Ritu G. Khanduri, "Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World" (Cambridge UP, 2014)

April 20, 2015

Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2014) is a wonderful piece of visual anthropology by Ritu Gairola Khanduri, which uses the history of cartoons, from colonial to current times, to talk about various aspects of Indian society from the state, to political society to modernity. Through archival […]

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Todd WolfsonDigital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

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Matthew GreenUnderdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives

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In A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome (Penn State University Press, 2014), Melissa Dabakis takes readers on an unexpected journey from Boston to Rome to discover multiple American women sculptors working in studios, winning public commissions, and earning artistic renown in the mid-19th Century. The book navigates through the worlds of sculpture, feminism, […]

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Mariana CandidoAn African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and its Hinterland

April 17, 2015

Mariana Candido’s book An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World. Benguela and its Hinterland (Cambridge University Press, 2013) is a powerful and moving exploration of the history and development of the port of Benguela. Founded by the Portuguese in the early seventeenth century, Benguela, located on the central coast of present-day Angola, was the third largest […]

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Chris MorganThe Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000: Twelve Classic Episodes and the Movies They Lampoon

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While there are many well known cult television shows still revered by fans, MST3K continues to have an incredibly large following with a thriving following 25 years after its final episode. Chris Morgan’s book The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (McFarland, 2015) looks at the films used by the cast and crew to present […]

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Thom van DoorenFlight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction

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