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Tracking Modernity: India's Railway and the Culture of Mobility

Marian Aguiar


From Mohandas Gandhi’s nineteenth-century tour in a third-class compartment to the recent cinematic shenanigans of Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, the railway has been one of India’s most potent emblems of modern life. In an analysis of representations of the Indian railway, this book interprets modernity through the legacy of this transformative technology. Since the colonial period in India, the railway has been idealized as a rational utopia—a moving box in which racial and class differences might be amalgamated under a civic, secular, and public order. The book charts this powerful ... More

Keywords: Mohandas Gandhi, Wes Anderson, The Darjeeling Limited, India, railway, postcolonial period, mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665600
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marian Aguiar, author
Assistant Professor, Literary & Cultural Studies