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Hess, Linda

Works: 25 works in 74 publications in 3 languages and 1,018 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical films  Film adaptations  Show business films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Musicals  Dance films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Performer, Translator, Other, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Linda Hess
The Bījak of Kabir by Kabir( Book )

34 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kabir was an extraordinary oral poet whose works have been recited by millions throughout north India for half a millennium. Thousands of poems are attributed to Kabir, but only a few written collections have survived over the centuries
Bodies of song : Kabir oral traditions and performative worlds in North India by Linda Hess( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kabir was a great iconoclastic-mystic poet of fifteenth-century North India; his poems were composed orally, written down by others in manuscripts and books, and transmitted through song. Scholars and translators usually attend to written collections, but these present only a partial picture of the Kabir who has remained vibrantly alive through the centuries mostly in oral forms. Entering the worlds of singers and listeners in rural Madhya Pradesh, Bodies of Song combines ethnographic and textual study in exploring how oral transmission and performance shape the content and interpretation of vernacular poetry in North India. The book investigates textual scholars' study of oral-performative traditions in a milieu where texts move simultaneously via oral, written, audio/video-recorded, and electronic pathways. As texts and performances are always socially embedded, Linda Hess brings readers into the lives of those who sing, hear, celebrate, revere, and dispute about Kabir. Bodies of Song is rich in stories of individuals and families, villages and towns, religious and secular organizations, castes and communities. Dialogue between religious/spiritual Kabir and social/political Kabir is a continuous theme throughout the book: ambiguously located between Hindu and Muslim cultures, Kabir rejected religious identities, pretentions, and hypocrisies. But even while satirizing the religious, he composed stunning poetry of religious experience and psychological insight. A weaver by trade, Kabir also criticized caste and other inequalities and today serves as an icon for Dalits and all who strive to remove caste prejudice and oppression"--
Singing emptiness : Kumar Gandharva performs the poetry of Kabir by Kabir( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry of Kabir translated and as sung by Kumara Gandharva
A touch of grace : songs of Kabir by Kabir( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chalo hamara des = Come to my country : journeys with Kabir & friends( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A journey in search of Kabir's des (country) this film unfolds through the interwoven narratives of two people from two very different countries--Dalit folk singer Prahlad Tipanya and North American scholar Linda Hess. We enter the world of Kabir, through the personal and public lives of these two individuals, brought together in an unlikely friendship by the amazing universality and cross-cultural resonance of Kabir."
Studies in Kabir : texts, traditions, styles and skills by Linda Hess( )

6 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ajab shahar = Kabir in America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Hindi and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features live performances of 12 bhajans (devotional songs), setting texts of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir, by Malwi folk singer Prahlad Singh Tipanya. Includes glimpses of the tour between concerts including the performers' impressions of North American and informal performances by local ensembles
Gewebe = Tapestry of life by Katharina Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New century world of song : theory and practice by Jeanne Foster Wardian( Recording )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recipes: Fruit of the spirit by Linda Hess( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Staring at frames till they turn into loops : an excursion through some worlds of Tulsidas by Linda Hess( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Performing [as] Bauls : renegotiating 'Folk' identities through the lens of performance by Sukanya Chakrabarti( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

My dissertation, Performing [as] Bauls: Renegotiating 'Folk' Identities Through the Lens of Performance, examines the social life of Bauls (traveling folk performers from Bengal) in the context of a rapidly globalizing Indian economy. The cultural diversity within this community destabilizes the notion of a cohesive, unified homogenous group belonging to a pure and authentic past. Therefore, my project, while disentangling differences in representation of Bauls that have usually been tied together under a unified whole (often under the rubric of 'folk' being represented in the wider realm of 'world music'), also looks at discourses of authenticity that are commonly associated with the Bauls' relationship to spatiality. Recognizing their scope beyond the musical and cultural realm, I engage in discussing the subversive and transformational potency of Bauls and their performances, within this complex web of constantly shifting identities. The dissertation is divided into four chapters, as I look at different sites that produce heterogeneous Baul identities. The first chapter introduces the rich and complex oral history of the Bauls; the second looks at the relationship between Rabindranath Tagore and the Bauls, and how this relationship establishes Bauls more as socio-political actors rather than only idealized spiritual performers; the third chapter is an ethnographic exploration of the contemporary Baul festivals, how these festivals perform 'folk'-ness and how such festivals further rupture the notion of a homogeneous Baul identity; and the final chapter continues the discussion on authenticity, appropriation, adaptation and the ongoing exchanges with transnational cosmopolitan Bauls -- I examine exchanges between the West and the East, the global and the local, while troubling such categories, and what implications or ramifications cultural appropriations may have in the discussion of 'cultural purity' and 'authenticity' or their lack thereof. Their essential identification as a wandering minstrel characterizes Bauls as cosmopolitans owing to this fundamental philosophy of travel. However, the heritage industry considers this impulse both as a benefit and a threat -- while the Bauls' travels ensure greater outreach and recognition in the international music market, their formal and structural deviation from what is culturally defined, constructed and imagined as 'folk', ironically, question their purity. While looking at different sites that have produced varied Baul identities, my dissertation simultaneously looks critically at the limits of appropriation. In re-evaluating heterogeneous Baul identities, I look at performances of cosmopolitan Baul performers such as Paban Das Baul and Parvathy Baul. To present the flip side of cultural exchange, I analyse performances and appropriations of interculturalists such as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba, and Lee Lozowick, looking at their practice of artistic collaboration with Bauls such as Gour Khepa, Chhayarani Dasi, Ramananda Das Baul, Parvathy Baul and Sanatan Das Baul. The heterogeneity within this group provides enough breadth to accommodate dissenting and polyvocal voices, and their unique positionality also aids in challenging hegemonic divisive forces against us as humans and/or the places which we inhabit, while upholding universal humane values through the songs the Bauls sing
Kabir in song : a journey in America, part 2( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Hindi and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In Sept-Nov 2003 a unique musical journey brought the words of the 15th century Indian saint-poet Kabir to American audiences. This video contains glimpses of this journey along with the live performances during this tour
All girl band( Visual )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

An emergency evacuation planning model for special needs populations using public transit systems by Evangelos I Kaisar( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rejecting Sita : Indian responses to the ideal man's cruel treatment of his ideal wife by Linda Hess( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A chorus line by Marvin Hamlisch( Visual )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In preparation for a Broadway musical, a group of aspiring stage performers is put through their paces by a veteran stage director using some singular techniques
Selected poems of the Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Ramlila of Ramnagar (India) by Richard Schechner( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in Hindi and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bijak of Kabir by Linda Hess( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Hess, Linda

Hess, Linda Beth.

English (64)

Hindi (3)

German (1)

Singing emptiness : Kumar Gandharva performs the poetry of KabirA touch of grace : songs of KabirThe Bijak of Kabir