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The Ritual Management of Desire in Indian Bazaar Art
The ritual management of desire in Indian bazaar art

The objects I want to deal with in this chapter are pictures, but what I am concerned with is how their representational capacity is articulated with their circulation as objects. In particular, I am interested in exploring how this circulation might work to inscribe modalities of belonging or inter-subjectivity at semiotic levels other than that of representation, in ways which may or may not mesh with each other in the post-colonial public sphere (if we can call it that) in contemporary India. This might be an unfamiliar context to some, but since my argument here is partly situated around that difference as difference, I will start by sketching ...

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