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Most people view cultural heritage sites as static places, frozen in time. In Cultural Landscapes of India, Amita Sinha subverts the idea of heritage as static and examines the ways that landscapes influence culture and that culture influences landscapes. The book centers around imagining, enacting, and reclaiming landscapes as subjects and settings of living cultural heritage. Drawing on case studies from different regions of India, Sinha offers new interpretations of links between land and culture using different ways of seeing—transcendental, romantic, and utilitarian. The idea of cultural landscape can be seen in ancient practices such as circumambulation and immersion in bodies of water that sustain engagement with natural elements. Pilgrim towns, medieval forts, religious sites, and contemporary memorial parks are sites of memory where myth and history converge. Engaging with these spaces allows us to reconstruct collective memory and reclaim not only historic landscapes, but ways of seeing, making, and remembering. Cultural Landscapes of India makes the case for reclaiming iconic landscapes and rethinking conventional approaches to conservation that take into consideration performative landscape as heritage.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction. Landscape Heritage
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  1. Part I: Myth and History
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. 1. Contested Site
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  1. 2. Lost City
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. Part II: Ways of Seeing
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  1. 3. Natural Hierophanies
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  1. 4. Urban Mandala
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  1. 5. Period Eye
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  1. Part III: Enactments
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  1. 6. Immersion
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  1. 7. Circumambulation
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  1. Part IV: Nature Improved
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  1. 8. Pavagadh Hill
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  1. 9. Kalikho Hills
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  1. 10. Delhi Ridge
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  1. Part V: Nature Perfected
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  1. 11. Tapovan
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  1. 12. Indo-Islamic Garden
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  1. 13. Colonial Garden
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  1. 14. Garden City
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  1. 15. Municipal Park
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  1. Part VI: Remembering
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  1. 16. Hazrat Mahal
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  1. 17. Lakshmi Bai
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  1. 18. Mayawati
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  1. Conclusion. Sustainable Approaches to Heritage Conservation
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822987864
Related ISBN
9780822946427
MARC Record
OCLC
1199956453
Pages
271
Launched on MUSE
2020-10-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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