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

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 normative sources are many and diverging? Moral persuasiveness, Prasad suggests, is intimately tied to the aesthetics of narration, and imagination plays a vital role in shaping how people create, refute, or relate to "text," "moral authority," and "community." Lived understandings of ethics keep notions of text and practice in flux and raise questions about the constitution of "theory" itself. Prasad's innovative use of ethnography, poetics, philosophy of language, and narrative and performance studies demonstrates how the moral self, with a capacity for artistic expression, is dynamic and gendered, with a historical presence and a political agency.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
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.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Eighties
The Music Itself: Glenn Gould?s Contrapuntal Vision
Remembrances of Things Played: Presence and Memory in the Pianist's Art
Pomp and Circumstance (on Musical Festivals)
On Richard Strauss
Die Walkre, Aida, X
Music and Feminism
Maestro for the Masses (review of Understanding Toscanini)
Middle Age and Performers
The Vienna Philharmonic: The Complete Beethoven Symphonies and Concertos
The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni
Glenn Gould at the Metropolitan Museum
Giulio Cesare
Bluebeard's Castle, Erwartung
Extreme Occasions (on Celibidache)
Peter Sellars's Mozart
Andras Schiff at Carnegie Hall
The Nineties
Richard Strauss
Wagner and the Met?s Ring
Opera Productions (Der Rosenkavalier, House of the Dead, Doctor Faust)
Style and Stylessness (Elektra, Semiramide, Katya Kabanova)
Alfred Brendel: Words for Music (review of Alfred Brendel's Music Sounded Out: Essays, Lectures, Interviews, Afterthoughts)
Die Tote Stadt, Fidelio, The Death of Klinghoffer
Uncertainties of Style (The Ghosts of Versailles, Die Soldaten)
Musical Retrospection
The Bard Festival
The Importance of Being Unfaithful to Wagner
Music as Gesture (on Solti)
Les Troyens
Child's Play (review of Maynard Solomon's Mozart: A Life)
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould
Bach's Genius, Schumann's Eccentricity, Chopin's Ruthlessness, Rosen's Gift (review of Charles Rosen's The Romantic Generation)
Why Listen to Boulez?
Hindemith and Mozart
Review of Michael Tanner's Wagner
In the Chair (review of Peter Ostwald's Glenn Gould and the Tragedy of Genius)
On Fidelio
Music and Spectacle (La Cenerentola and The Rake's Progress)
Review of Gottfried Wagner's He Who Does Not Howl with the Wolf: The Wagner Legacy& mdash;An Autobiography
Bach for the Masses
2000 and Beyond
Daniel Barenboim (Bonding Across Cultural Boundaries)
Glenn Gould, the Virtuoso as Intellectual
Cosmic Ambition (review of Christoph Wolff's Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician)
Barenboim and the Wagner Taboo
Untimely Meditations (review of Maynard Solomon's Late Beethoven)
Appendix: Bach/Beethoven
Index