Shrapnel Minima

Writings from Humanities Underground

Edited by Prasanta Chakravarty

Shrapnel Minima

Edited by Prasanta Chakravarty

Distributed for Seagull Books

400 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780857421876 Published May 2015 World sales rights except India
This collection of essays, fiction, poetry and discussions, derived from the cult Internet magazine HumanitiesUnderground, provides entry into some of the most burning issues in the humanities in contemporary South Asia.  The anthology brings together select pieces on such diverse issues as aesthetics and artistic craft, ethics and criticism, movements and institutions, and ideologies and reflections. Working at the cusps of the artistic and the political spheres, the anthology, like the magazine, argues that since our concerns for art and philosophy must be understood through the political, social and economic conditions that birth them, our writing and our reading must be attentive to the intricacies of these relationships and the contexts they create. This anthology of engaging essays will be of interest to scholars in the humanities both within South Asia and beyond.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction ~ Prasanta Chakravarty
 
Appreciations
In Heidegger’s Hut ~ Amlan Dasgupta
You saw Nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing ~ Y.P. Sabitha
Death and the Automobile ~ Priyasha Mukhopadhyay
The Blind Art of Concrete ~ Pothik Ghosh
Aliens of the Same World ~ Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay
The Marvellous Life of Rereading Marquéz’s Memoir ~ Manash Bhattacharjee
A Song, a Fusillade ~ Prasanta Chakravarty
 
Reflections
Guddu, the Qawwalis and I ~ Sambudha Sen
Adda at Bar-da’s Shop ~ Amitranjan Basu
Books on the Footpath ~ Kalpyacha
The Dead Body ~ Manindra Gupta
 
Propositions
Reconstructing Historical Materialism ~ Jairus Banaji
Abstract, Abstractions ~ Swapan Chakravorty
Moral Economies of Well-Being ~ Supriya Chaudhuri
Justice in a Landscape of Trees ~ Rajarshi Dasgupta
Time, Finance, Cinema ~ Geeta Patel
Glass Consciousness ~ Prasanta Chakravarty and Brinda Bose
Material Love ~ Nandini Chandar and Jesse Ross Knuttson
 
Distributions
Pranayam Revolution and the Baba ~ Varuni Bhatia
The Unfairness of Being Fair ~ Anisha Datta
Indian Comics and the Idea of Success ~ Bharath Murthy
‘Darling of a Pygmy Size’: Parenting, Childcare, and Child at Risk ~ Aryak Guha
Crawling Insects in a Petri Dish ~ Mohan Rao
The Importance of Being Big B ~ Ahmer Nadeem Anwer
Sex, Work and Autonomy ~ Anchita Ghatak
Political Iconography, the Female Leader and Indira Gandhi ~ Trina Nileena Banerjee
London Stopped and Searched ~ Saroj Giri
The Mysterious Ways of Power ~ Malarvizhi Jayanth
Civil War in Jefferson County: Lessons from the University of Virginia ~ Brinda Bose
 
Tales and Tattle
Good Reasons ~ Anil Menon
And How Are You? ~ Buddhadev Bose translated by Arunava Sinha
The Kitchen ~ Amiya Sen translated by Bhaswati Ghosh
 
Minstrelsy
In the City of Kaal-Ketu ~ Sumanta Murkopadhyay
Three Tim Poems ~ Akhil Kaityal
No Hideouts Found ~ Avishek Parui
Bandmaster@Cossipore ~ Akhlaq Dorjee Chanda
 
Colloquy
Trysts at Midnight: Calcutta, Now ~ Moikan Biswas and Prasanta Chakravarty
Darkness and Emancipation ~ Sunit Singh and Juliet Mitchell
Form, Sense, Emotion ~ Santanu Das and HumanitiesUnderground
 
Notes on Contributors
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