Search results: Found 4

Listing 1 - 4 of 4
Sort by
Imperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires

Author:
ISBN: 9780520290525 9780520964952 Year: Pages: 330 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.13 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Archaeology --- History --- Migration
Added to DOAB on : 2016-05-10 11:01:20
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shone light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Based on the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical approaches to the study of imperialism writ large and should be read by scholars of empire across the humanities and social sciences.

Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy

Author:
ISBN: 9780520293816 9780520967175 9780520967175 9780520967175 Year: Pages: 162 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.25 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: History --- Media and communication
Added to DOAB on : 2017-03-10 11:01:26
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

Early in the twenty-first century, Louisiana, one of the poorest states in the United States, redirected millions in tax dollars from the public coffers in an effort to become the top location site globally for the production of Hollywood films and television series. Why would lawmakers support such a policy? Why would citizens accept the policy’s uncomfortable effects on their economy and culture? Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans addresses these questions through a study of the local and everyday experiences of the film economy in New Orleans, Louisiana—a city that has twice taken the mantle of becoming a movie production capital. From the silent era to today’s Hollywood South, Vicki Mayer explains that the aura of a film economy is inseparable from a prevailing sense of home, even as it changes that place irrevocably.

Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka

Author:
ISBN: 9780520294714 9780520967755 Year: Pages: 230 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.27 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: History --- Music
Added to DOAB on : 2017-04-08 11:01:33
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

The study of South Asian music falls under the purview of ethnomusicology, whereas that of South Asian literature falls under South Asian studies. As a consequence of this academic separation, scholars rarely take notice of connections between South Asian song and poetry. Modernizing Composition overcomes this disciplinary fragmentation by examining the history of Sinhala-language song and poetry in twentieth-century Sri Lanka. Garrett Field describes how songwriters and poets modernized song and poetry in response to colonial and postcolonial formations. The story of this modernization is significant in that it shifts focus from India’s relationship to the West to little-studied connections between Sri Lanka and North India.

Impersonations

Author:
ISBN: 9780520972230 9780520301665 Year: Pages: 245 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.72 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Anthropology --- Religion --- History
Added to DOAB on : 2019-07-03 11:21:05
License:

Loading...
Export citation

Choose an application

Abstract

Drawing on multisited ethnographic fieldwork and performance analysis, this book centers on an insular community of Smarta brahmin men from the Kuchipudi village in Telugu-speaking South India, who are required to don strī-vēṣam (woman’s guise) and impersonate female characters from Hindu religious narratives. According to the hagiography of Siddhendra, the founding saint of Kuchipudi dance, every brahmin man from a hereditary Kuchipudi family must don strī-vēṣam at least once in his life, a prescription that still resonates in the village today. Impersonation, the term used to indicate the donning of gender guise (vēṣam), is not simply a performative mandate for Kuchipudi brahmin men but also a practice of power that creates normative ideals of brahmin masculinity in village performance and everyday life. However, the construction of brahmin masculinity against the backdrop of impersonation is highly contingent, particularly on account of the expansion of Kuchipudi in the latter half of the twentieth century from a localized village performance to a transnational Indian “classical” dance tradition. By shifting from village to urban and transnational spaces, the book traces the technologies of normativity that create, sustain, and undermine normative ideals of gender, caste, and sexuality through the embodied practice of impersonation in contemporary South India.

Listing 1 - 4 of 4
Sort by
Narrow your search

Publisher

University of California Press (4)


License

CC by-nc-nd (2)

CC by-nc-sa (1)

CC by-nd (1)


Language

english (4)


Year
From To Submit

2019 (1)

2017 (2)

2016 (1)