Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition / Edition 1

Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition / Edition 1

by Paula Richman
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University of California Press
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Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition / Edition 1

Questioning Rama's story has played a generative role in sustaining the Ramayana tradition over centuries, across regions, and among different communities. Although the story of Rama (Ramkatha) has generated many tellings, most people are familiar with a few authoritative texts, such as those by Valmiki, Tulsidas, or the television serial by Ramanand Sagar. This volume expands our understanding of Ramkatha by focusing on tellings that question aspects of such dominant texts.

Through analysis of oral and written narratives, exegesis, plays, songs, rituals, and poetry, the contributors demonstrate the centrality of questioning within the Ramayana tradition and chart the many forms such interrogation takes. The book demonstrates how questioning safeguards the diversity and capaciousness of the Ramayana tradition.

Author Biography: Paula Richman is Irvin E. Houck Professor in the Humanities, Department of Religion, at Oberlin College. She is the editor of Extraordinary Child: Poems from a South Indian Devotional Genre (1997) and Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia (California, 1991).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520220744
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/13/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Bina Agarwal

Vidyut Aklujkar

Edward C. Dimock

Rich Freeman

Robert P. Goldman

Sally J. Sutherland Goldman

Linda Hess

John Kelly

Madhu Kishwar

Philip Lutgendorf

Vasudha Narayana

Usha Nilsson

Velcheru Narayana Rao

Paula Richman

David Shulman

Tony K. Stewart

Romila Thapar

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