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Defamiliarizing India: Cosmopolitanism as a condition of aesthetic and political Survival

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Duration: 0:21:44 | Added: 05 Apr 2016
Laetitia Zecchini discusses the cosmopolitanism of several post-independence Indian poets and artists.

Indian poets and artists situated in specific spaces, such as Arun Kolatkar, from Bombay, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, from Allahabad or Gulammohammed Sheikh from Baroda fashion a cosmopolitanism that must be envisaged as a context of creation, as a practice of writing, reading, translating and creating, and as a project. This project is inseparable from a poetics of 'reworlding' or defamiliarization, from the experience and defense of plurality, and from the 'resilient and inventive strategies for survival' Clifford associates with the notion of discrepant cosmopolitanism.

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