Postcolonial Monsters: A Conversation with Partha Mitter

Authored by: Partha Mitter , Asa Simon Mittman , Peter Dendle

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781409407546
eBook ISBN: 9781315241197
Adobe ISBN: 9781351894326

10.4324/9781315241197.ch15

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Abstract

In 1977, Partha Mitter published his landmark study Much Maligned Monsters. 1 Rooted in Postcolonial Studies, a field only just being developed—Edward Said’s Orientalism would be published the following year 2 —this book seeks to explore the interpretations and misinterpretations of Indian art by Western scholars who often saw monsters where artists intended gods. The tremendous range of Hindu mythology, such fertile inspiration for the visual arts, reinforced Western preconceptions about the “exotic” East.

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