Dream kitsch – folk art, indigenous media and '9/11': The Work of Pat in the Era of Electronic Transmission

Mukhopadhyay, Bhaskar. 2008. Dream kitsch – folk art, indigenous media and '9/11': The Work of Pat in the Era of Electronic Transmission. Journal of Material Culture, 13(1), pp. 5-34. ISSN 1460-3586 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article explores the process of transmission of the image(s) of 9/11 through an ethnographic/art-historical examination of Bengali (Indian) pat (traditional scroll painting) made by a community of rural Indian artisans
with little or no exposure to mass-media. It transpires that while the impact of mass-media – often held responsible for the extinction of 'authentic' folk art – has been somewhat exaggerated, the argument put forward here is that the putative anteriority of a time before representation, is largely an illusion.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1359183507086218

Keywords:

9/11, folk art, kitsch, local/global, mass-media, representation

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2008Published

Item ID:

2371

Date Deposited:

22 Oct 2009 10:06

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 15:27

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2371

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