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Consumable texts in contemporary India : uncultured books and bibliographical sociology

Author: Suman Gupta
Publisher: Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. ©2015
Series: New directions in book history.
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"This book examines five areas of English-language publications in India: Indian 'commercial fiction' in English; English translations of Indian vernacular pulp fiction; Hitler's Mein Kampf (which commands a significant market in India and globally); Group Discussion guidebooks; and government 'value education' texts (policy statements, textbooks and related). These kinds of publications are generally neglected by  Read more...
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Gupta, Suman, 1966-
Consumable texts in contemporary India.
Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
(DLC) 2014049651
(OCoLC)891610469
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suman Gupta
ISBN: 9781137489296 1137489294
OCLC Number: 903597788
Description: 1 online resource (x, 204 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Tables; Acknowledgements; 1 Keywords and Preliminaries; Appropriate terms; Provocation to academia; Books as social symptoms; 2 Indian Commercial Fiction in English; Commercial and literary; Local/global; Middle-class youth; 3 Indian Vernacular Pulp Fiction in English Translation; Indian Translation Studies and English; The habitual English reader's view; The Hindi commentators' view; Back to translation studies; 4 On the Indian Readers of Hitler's Mein Kampf; Circulations; Who reads it and why?; Leadership and youth; A bigger picture; Ideological coherence 5 Framing Group Discussion GuidebooksJobseekers and students for business; What happens in Group Discussion; 6 Low-End Group Discussion Guidebooks and Kunjis; High-end and low-end; The pressure of English; The quasi-encyclopaedic function; Production of failure?; 7 Approaching Public Sector "Value Education" Publications; The form of scholarly texts; International and national contexts; Public sector publishing; 8 Mapping Public Sector "Value Education" Publications; Self-reporting publications: Government policy; Esoteric and mystical texts; Supporting publications: Textbooks and academic Books that ought to exist but don't9 Rules of Bibliographical Sociology's Method; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: New directions in book history.
Responsibility: Suman Gupta.
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"This book examines five areas of English-language publications in India: Indian 'commercial fiction' in English; English translations of Indian vernacular pulp fiction; Hitler's Mein Kampf (which commands a significant market in India and globally); Group Discussion guidebooks; and government 'value education' texts (policy statements, textbooks and related). These kinds of publications are generally neglected by academic researchers, which is itself a matter of interest. Conceptualizing his approach as bibliographical sociology, the author explores the presence of these books in the contemporary Indian context - their productions, circulations and readerships - to understand current social trends. The themes that emerge include perceptions of youth, concerns about education, the status of the English language, the book publishing industry, the relationship between public and private sectors, the drives of global and local forces, and tensions amidst social strata"--

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