An Indian Pandemic Reader

Edited by Madhu Singh


Outbreaks: An Indian Pandemic Reader is an interdisciplinary work on the profound and lasting impact of the past and present epidemics/ pandemics on Indian society and features perspectives from history, sociology, anthropology, fi lm and literature besides others. The essays fall under two categories: one, those dealing with historical past or the pre-COVID time and the other addressing the fi rst wave of COVID-19 crisis of 2020-21 which continues to surge globally even this year. The volume opens with some of the major epidemics in colonial past to illustrate the complex interplay of coercion and cooperation, class and race, religious belief, responses to variolation and vaccination in colonial India and fi nally addresses the present COVID-19 crisis offering insights into the social, cultural, political and economic changes which occurred in India after the present outbreak. The contributions of leading scholars, social historians, cultural activists, litterateurs, artists and documentary fi lmmakers would make the volume useful for those interested in the humanities and social sciences.

Madhu Singh is a Professor at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow, India. Her main areas of interest are translation studies, comparative literature studies, and colonial archives. Her recent works of translation are A Nomad called Thief, The Languages of Chhattisgarh from Orient Blackswan and Thirteen Years: A Naxalite's Prison Diary from Navayana, New Delhi.


:David Arnold, David Hardiman, Ralph Nicholas, Niels Brimnes, Harish Naraindas, Pedro Pombo, Subhendu Mund, Madhu Singh, Amrit Gangar, Mahatma Gandhi, Fakir Mohan Senapati, Master Bhagwandas, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Ahmed Ali, Phanishwar Nath Renu, Harishankar Parsai, Tulsi Ram, Heinz Werner Wessler, Arun Bandopadhyay, Sudhir Chandra, Harish Naraindas, Pramod Kumar Nayar, Amrit Gangar, Rohini Mokashi-Punekar, Dakxin Bajrange Charra and Alice Tilche, Madan Meena
ISBN 978-93-82178-35-4           2022        504 pages        Rs. 1495 (hb)