Garden And Landscape Practices In Precolonial India
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About the Book
The articles in this volume present new ways of looking at historical landscapes and garden cultures. While its focus on the Deccan and central India in pre-colonial times marks a move away from the predominant study of Mughal gardens amongst scholars, its questions, archives
and methodologies distinguish it from standard art-historical studies.
Scholars from across the disciplines — history, literature, archaeology, architecture, art history — access a variety of sources ranging from illustrated manuscripts, poems, political chronicles and paintings to architecture, astrology, medicinal texts, urban layout and morphology to argue for a recognition of landscapes and gardens as dynamic spaces for interaction and negotiation in pre-colonial India. The articles understand gardens in two related ways: as real or imagined spaces as well as manipulated landscapes frequently invested with intense meanings, and as a set of institutions and practices with far-reaching social ramifications for the constitution of elite societies — thus, at once a physical space, a cultural object and a literary-cum-artistic trope.
Through its novel approach and questions, and its methodological rigour, the volume makes a contribution to the growing field of garden and horticultural studies in history, while also contributing to the deeply-felt need to find new sources for historical study, and new ways of
studying existing historical sources.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780415664936
EAN: 9780415664936
Publisher Date: 22 Mar 2012
Binding: HARDCOVER
Continuations: English
Edition: 1
Illustration: Y
LCCN: 2012335277
No of Pages: 201
Series Title: Visual & Media Histories
Sub Title: Histories from the Deccan
Width: 191 mm
ISBN-10: 0415664934
Publisher: Routledge India
Acedemic Level: English
Book Type: English
Depth: 19
Height: 254 mm
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
PrintOnDemand: N
Spine Width: 23 mm
Weight: 907 gr
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