Periodicals, Readers and the Making of a Modern Literary Culture: Bengal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

The book moves on to look at some of the defining debates that shaped readers’ perspectives on critical social issues and explains how these were tied up with larger concerns over ethical social life.
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ISBN: 9789394262928
GTIN: 9789394262928
AuthorMitra, Samarpita
Pub Date22/09/2023
BindingHardback
Pages448
Country of OriginIndia
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In the decades between the 1870s and 1920s, literary periodicals (sahitya patrika), much like the newspapers and the books, became po­pul­ar among the middle-class Bengali homes – both as an affordable recreation for leisure hours, and as a major vehicle for the circulation of ideas in the public domain. Periodicals, Readers and the Making of a Modern Literary Culture: Bengal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century begins by looking at the logistics of the production and circulation of periodicals that were oriented towards a widening readership market. Given their easily understood nature, their capacity for sustaining debates and adapt­ability by readers with diverse reading competencies, periodicals be­came the preferred means for dispensing modern education and enjoy­ment through the vernacular.

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