The Newsletter 70 Spring 2015

Modernity experienced at an everyday level

Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits

Reviewed publication: Wickramasinghe, N. 2014. Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka, Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books, ISBN: 9781782382423

Nira Wickramasinghe has published an important work that moves readers’ attention towards an aspect of Sri Lanka’s history that is often neglected in historical works on Sri Lanka, namely how modernity was experienced at an everyday level under colonialism.