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Building HistoriesThe Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi$
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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226283470

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226331898.001.0001

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The Modern Lives of Medieval Monuments between Archive and Affect

The Modern Lives of Medieval Monuments between Archive and Affect

(p.1) Introduction The Modern Lives of Medieval Monuments between Archive and Affect
Building Histories

Mrinalini Rajagopalan

University of Chicago Press

The introduction sets the stage for a more capacious definition of the monument—one that expands beyond those prescribed by experts, the state, or bureaucracies of planning and preservation. Instead it urges a serious consideration of the affective potentials of monuments, which sometimes happen through quotidian reclamations and other times through dramatic reinscriptions. The introduction also tackles the colonial origins of preservation in India and its insidious legacies, which persist in the postcolonial present.

Keywords:   archive, affect, preservation, Alexander Cunningham, Syed Ahmad Khan, James Fergusson, monument

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