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Telling lives in India : biography, autobiography, and life history

Author: David Arnold; Stuart H Blackburn; British Library.
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Contributed articles drawn from a workshop held at the British Library on May 15-17, 2000.
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Arnold; Stuart H Blackburn; British Library.
ISBN: 0253344867 9780253344861 025321727X 9780253217271
OCLC Number: 57663627
Description: x, 323 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: life histories in India / David Arnold, Stuart Blackburn --
The self and the cell: Indian prison narratives as life histories / David Arnold --
The reticent autobiographer: Mahadevi Varma's writings / Francesca Orsini --
The invention of private life: a reading of Sibnath Sastri's Autobiography / Sudipta Kaviraj --
The past in the present: instruction, pleasure, and blessing in Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya's Aap biitii / Barbara D. Metcalf --
Hamara daur-i hayat: an Indian Muslim woman writes her life / Sylvia Vatuk --
Cowherd or king? the Sanskrit biography of Ananda Ranga Pillai / David Shulman --
Life histories as narrative strategy: prophecy, song, and truth-telling in Tamil tales and legends / Stuart Blackburn --
Honor is honor, after all: silence and speech in the life stories of women in Kangra, North-West India / Kirin Narayan --
Beyond silence: a Dalit life history in South India / Josiane Racine, Jean-Luc Racine --
The marital history of a thumb-impression man / Jonathan P. Parry.
Responsibility: edited by David Arnold & Stuart Blackburn.

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What does it mean to narrate the story of a life, whether one's own or someone else's, orally or in writing? Which lives are worth telling, and who is authorized to tell them? This volume considers  Read more...

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