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Poetics of Conduct Oral Narrative and Moral Being in a South Indian Town

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ISBN-10: 0231139217

ISBN-13: 9780231139212

Edition: 2006

Authors: Leela Prasad

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Leela Prasad's riveting book presents everyday stories on subjects such as deities, ascetics, cats, and cooking along with stylized, publicly delivered ethical discourse, and shows that the study of oral narrative and performance is essential to ethical inquiry. Prasad builds on more than a decade of her ethnographic research in the famous Hindu pilgrimage town of Sringeri, Karnataka, in southwestern India, where for centuries a vibrant local culture has flourished alongside a tradition of monastic authority. Oral narratives and the seeing-and-doing orientations that are part of everyday life compel the question: How do individuals imagine the normative, and negotiate and express it, when…    
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Leela Prasad is assistant professor of practical ethics and Indian religions at Duke University. She has edited Live Like the Banyan Tree: Images of the Indian American Experienceand coedited Gender and Story in South India. Her book in progress, Annotating Pastimes, is a study of folktale collecting in colonial India.

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