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 examining, which posits the relation among textual content and context in a decided manner. It explores the South Asian cultural reaction to ecu “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 influence and medium of articulated stories. This paintings advances its arguments by way of 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 have interaction 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 movement past the colonially configured obtained traditions. Cultures of Memory indicates the chances of transcultural severe humanities learn and instructing tasks from the Indian context in today’s academy.

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This is because the Europe that expands its intellectual regime is predominantly formed by Greek-Jew [and Christian] lineages. ) Although archaeologists argue that the ‘‘modernity of human behavior’’ can be traced back to the ‘‘liberation of memory’’ achieved by the ‘‘storage of symbolism outside the brain’’, in the petroglyphs or rock drawings of paleoart, such modes of externalization must be distinguished from the archive-museum based politico-epistemic dominations of modern European regimes.

V. 1 Cultures of Memory Memories are intangible. Two distinct kinds of memories bind and unbind, continue and discontinue the phenomenal and non-phenomenal relations and existences in the world. One set contains externalized and objectified memories, which are created by the work of the hand and face. The other set figures the enacted and embodied memories that circulate across all sorts of materialities and whose relays are intractable and indeterminable. Lithic or glyphic technologies make possible the objectification and archivation of the memory.

2000. The Future of the Humanities: Experimenting. php/cm/article/view/311/296 (as accessed on 6 December 2010). Part I Signatures of Memory Chapter 2 Configurations of Memory and the Work of Difference Abstract In exploring cultural difference through cultures of memory, this chapter discusses European conceptions of memory and technics. While engaging with the classical debate concerning orality and literacy (from Plato to Stiegler) it points to the historical undermining of embodied mnemocultural traditions in European heritage.

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