This book explores the use of digital humanities (DH) to understand, interpret, and annotate the poetics of Indian literary and cultural texts, which circulate in digital forms — in manuscripts — and as oral or musical performance. Drawing on the linguistic, cultural, historical, social, and geographic diversity of Indian texts and contexts, it foregrounds the use of digital technologies — including minimal computing, novel digital humanities research and teaching methodologies, critical archive generation and maintenance — for explicating poetics of Indian literatures and generating scholarly digital resources which will facilitate comparative readings.

With contributions from DH scholars and practitioners from across India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and more, this book will be a key intervention for scholars and researchers of literature and literary theory, DH, media studies, and South Asian Studies.

chapter |16 pages


part I|50 pages

Digital Humanities From the Sidelines

chapter 1|19 pages

Digital Cultures in India

Digitality and Its Discontents

chapter 3|15 pages

Three Models of World Literature

part II|86 pages

Archives, Ethics, and Praxis

chapter 4|15 pages

Digital Archives for Indian Literatures and Cultures

Challenges and Prospects

chapter 5|15 pages


The Online Tagore Variorum Project

chapter 6|14 pages

Digital Humanities in Practice

A Case Study 1

chapter 7|15 pages

Archiving “Community's Voices” in Karbi Anglong

Collective Memory and Digital Apprehensions

chapter 8|25 pages

From Rekhta to rekhta.org

Digital Remappings of Urdu Literary Culture and Public Sphere

part IV|67 pages

Forms in Flux II

chapter 14|18 pages

Journeying Against the Heroes

Subaltern Poetics in Indian Videogames

chapter 15|17 pages

Narrative and Play

Some Reflections on Videogames Based on Bollywood

chapter 16|14 pages

Hitman 2 and Its Spectre of Mumbai

A City Lost in Translation

chapter 17|16 pages

Electronic Literature in India

Where Is It? Does It Even Exist?

part V|64 pages

Digital Atmospheres

chapter 19|18 pages

Performative Politics in Digital Spaces

An Analysis of Lokshahiri (People's Poetry) on YouTube

chapter 20|17 pages

Encountering the Digital in Folk Songs and Oral History

Tracing the History and Memory of Migration of Tea Plantation Labour Through Jhumur Songs *