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Benares Beginnings: Print modernity, book entrepreneurs and cross-cultural ventures in a colonial metropolis.

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Scholars of South Asian book history, as Nile Green has argued, have tended to privilege the study of texts, readings and ideas over materiality and technology. In the focus on ‘print culture’ questions of global technology transfer, the circulation of material commodities and the economics of book production have often been overlooked. This talk explores the early decades of printing and publishing in Benares through the dual lens of textuality and technology. In proposing an approach that integrates the local and the global, accounting for both the specificity of place and the entangled history of technology, the talk situates itself within recent scholarship that foregrounds the ‘geography of the book’

This talk is part of the Centre of South Asian Studies Seminars series.

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