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Religion And Public Memory : a cultural history of saint namdev in india

Author: Christian Lee Novetzke
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2008.
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Namdev is a central figure in the cultural history of India, especially within the field of bhakti, a devotional practice that has created publics of memory for over eight centuries. Born in the Marathi-speaking region of the Deccan in the late thirteenth century, Namdev is remembered as a simple, low-caste Hindu tailor whose innovative performances of devotional songs spread his fame widely. He is central to many  Read more...
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Novetzke, Christian Lee.
Religion And Public Memory.
New York : Columbia University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)751731489
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Lee Novetzke
ISBN: 9780231512565 0231512562
OCLC Number: 945079350
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed March 14, 2016).
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Contents: Intro; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface: The Shape of the Book; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Namdev, Bhakti, Public, and Memory; Part 1. Practices of Memory; 1. A Sant Between Memory and History; 2. Public Performance and Corporate Authorship; 3. Orality and Literacy/Performance and Permanence; Part 2. Publics of Memory; 4. Namdev and the Namas: Anamnetic Authorship from the Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries; 5. Memories of Suffering in the Eighteenth Century; 6. A Sant for the Nation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 7. The Idea of Namdev in Two Films in the Twentieth CenturyConclusion; Notes; Glossary; References; Index.
Responsibility: Christian Lee Novetzke.

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Namdev is a central figure in the cultural history of India, especially within the field of bhakti, a devotional practice that has created publics of memory for over eight centuries. Born in the Marathi-speaking region of the Deccan in the late thirteenth century, Namdev is remembered as a simple, low-caste Hindu tailor whose innovative performances of devotional songs spread his fame widely. He is central to many religious traditions within Hinduism, as well as to Sikhism, and he is a key early literary figure in Maharashtra, northern India, and Punjab. In the modern period, Namdev appears throughout the public spheres of Marathi and Hindi and in India at large, where his identity fluctuates between regional associations and a quiet, pan-Indian, nationalist-secularist profile that champions the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and low caste. Christian Lee Novetzke considers the way social memory coheres around the figure of Namdev from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the practices that situate Namdev's memory in multiple historical publics. Focusing primarily on Maharashtra and drawing on ethnographies of devotional performance, archival materials, scholarly historiography, and popular media, especially film, Novetzke vividly illustrates how religious communities in India preserve their pasts and, in turn, create their own historical narratives.

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"No one has traced the existences of one Bhakti poet through media and time as Novetzke has for Namdev, and few have given such rich historical context as he has." -- Eleanor Zelliot This erudite Read more...

 
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