Ulka Anjaria

Ulka Anjaria

Brandeis University
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Ulka Anjaria is professor of English and director of the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University, USA. She is the author of Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form (2012), Reading India Now: Contemporary Formations in Literature and Popular Culture (2019), and Understanding Bollywood: The Grammar of Hindi Cinema (2021), editor of A History of the Indian Novel in English (2015) and co-editor (with Anjali Nerlekar) of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Modern Indian Literatures.

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Reading With a Loving Eye: New Critical Practice for New Times
April 21, 2023 | 9:00 AM

This paper argues that in order to understand the proliferation of literary and cultural forms that characterize the new India, we need to envision a new role for the critic, one that is shaped by the texts she seeks to engage. Drawing on the multi-media works of documentary filmmaker Paromita Vohra, including her newest web-based project Agents of Ishq, which probes the diverse worlds of love and sexuality in the new India, I ask: What would it look like to read the contemporary landscape not from a skeptical distance but, in Vohra’s words, “with a loving eye”? How would this further the project of decolonial epistemologies?