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Out of Line: Cartoons, Caricature and Contemporary India

Price : $27.75
ISBN # : 9788125055136
Author : Christel R. Devadawson
pages: 292
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2014

This book explores the career of graphic satire , i.e., newspaper cartoons, in independent India (post-1947)

It offers detailed analyses of the work of prominent practitioners of the genre, including: Shankar Pillai, R. K. Laxman, Abu Abraham, O. V. Vijayan and the collaborative team of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan

Chapter 1 reflects on Shankar s endearing yet thoughtful portrayals of Nehru in his Man of the Week series, which addresses the challenges confronting the early years of the republic

In Chapter 2, the author deals with Laxman s character the Common Man , a usually silent witness who testifies to the complexities of the post-Nehruvian era

Chapter 3 deals with Abu Abraham s Emergency-era series Private View , which sought to keep the national conscience alive through this difficult period

Chapter 4 explores O. V. Vijayan s dark and bitterly ironic graphic world, which deals with the inequities of development and the failures of justice in 1980s India

Chapter 5 takes up the collaborative work of Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan, who address the issues and concerns of a more self-confident, post-liberalisation nation, including environmentalism, multinational capital and international warfare.

Christel Devadawson interprets the genre of graphic dissent as a form of national lifewriting the autobiographical recording of self, memory and experience that brings to light the trials and travails of democracy in the young nation-state.

Author Bio: Christel Devadawson is Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 10 July, 2015.

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