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Poetics of conduct : oral narrative and moral being in a South Indian town

Author: Leela Prasad
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presenting everyday stories on subjects such as deities, ascetics, cats, and cooking, this book shows that the study of oral narrative and performance is essential to ethical inquiry. It builds on  Read more...

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Prasad, Leela.
Poetics of conduct.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)607865996
Online version:
Prasad, Leela.
Poetics of conduct.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608966121
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leela Prasad
ISBN: 0231139209 9780231139205 0231139217 9780231139212 0231511272 9780231511278
OCLC Number: 69734509
Awards: Winner of Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion 2008
Description: xv, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Note on translation and transliteration --
Introduction --
1. Sringeri: place and placeness --
2. Connectedness and reciprocity: historicizing Sringeri Upacara --
3. Shastra: divine injunction and earthly custom --
4. "The shastras say ... ": Idioms of legitimacy and the "imagined text" --
5. In the courtyard of dharma, not at the village square: delivering ashirvada in Sringeri --
6. Edifying lives, discerning proprieties: conversational stories and moral being ethics, an imagined life.
Responsibility: Leela Prasad.
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Her detailed, emphatic, and beautiful ethnography draws the reader into a consideration of issues that textual scholars struggle to "make relevant." -- Donald R. Davis, Jr. Journal of the American Read more...

 
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