The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia
Edited by Paula Richman
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Many Ramayanas by Paula Richman
Book DescriptionThroughout Indian history, many authors and performers have produced, and many patrons have supported, diverse tellings of the story of the exiled prince Rama, who rescues his abducted wife by battling the demon king who has imprisoned her. The contributors to this volume focus on these "many" Ramayanas. While most scholars continue to rely on Valmiki's Sanskrit Ramayana as the authoritative version of the tale, the contributors to this volume do not. Their essays demonstrate the multivocal nature of the Ramayana by highlighting its variations according to historical period, political context, regional literary tradition, religious affiliation, intended audience, and genre. Socially marginal groups in Indian society--Telugu women, for example, or Untouchables from Madhya Pradesh--have recast the Rama story to reflect their own views of the world, while in other hands the epic has become the basis for teachings about spiritual liberation or the demand for political separatism. Historians of religion, scholars of South Asia, folklorists, cultural anthropologists--all will find here refreshing perspectives on this tale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520075894
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 29-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paula Richman
Ramayana Stories in Modern South India, Paperback (March 2008)
While some religious texts may remain static over time, the "Ramayana" epic has been retold in a variety of ways over the centuries and across South Asia. This collection brings together re-tellings translated from the four major South Indian languages and from genres as diverse as drama, short stories, poetry, and folk song.
Questioning Ramayanas, Paperback (February 2001)» View all books by Paula Richman
This work examines the story of Rama (Ramakatha) which has played a generative role in sustaining the Ramayana tradition. The book analyzes particular authoritative works written on the story and focuses on tellings that question aspects of such dominant texts.
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Author Biography - Paula Richman
Paula Richman is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at Oberlin College. She is the author of Gender and Religion: On the Complexity of Symbols (Beacon 1986).
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