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Origins of Modernism & the Avant-Garde in India

4 Oct 2020
Vol. 1
INTERVIEW

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“Formal preoccupations are presumed to be a part of the European avant-garde, even though what form and form can be has been deeply influenced by writings from other parts of the world, and the West's straitjacketed understanding of the Renaissance being exposed to that.”

Author Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with Associate Editor Kamil Ahsan on his previous works, his preoccupations with the banal and the label of "autofiction" that haunts contemporary appraisals of his work. Further, they discuss modernism in India, in particular Tagore's children's books as possibly the first impulse of modernism writ large. In surveying the history of literature and art in colonial India, the consequences of Europe's mistaken claim to originating the avant-garde is a profound ahistorical act, one that patently must be rectified.


RECOMMENDED: Sojourn by Amit Chaudhuri (New York Review Books, 2022).

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Interview
Avant-Garde Origins
Modernism
Anthology Traditions
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
Avant-Garde Form
Auto-Fiction
Wendy Doniger
Multimodal
Stream of Consciousness
Rabindranath Tagore
Tagore as First Impulse of Modernism
Literary Activism
Impoverished Histories
Contradiction
Criticism
Intellectual History
Internationalist Perspective
Performance Art
Satyajit Ray
Avant-Garde Beginnings in India
Varavara Rao

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