Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India

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Cornell University Press, 1996 - Social Science - 351 pages
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1997

"In this superbly crafted, absorbing book, Flueckiger explores the relationships among folklore genres in the Chattisgarh region of north India, achieving a pioneering model of the study of a 'folklore system' in its entirety. . . . This is ethnographic scholarship at its best. The multigenre approach is a major contribution, and this rich book should be read by all students of folklore, literature, performance, and South Asia."--Choice

  

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Contents

Soaking the Goddess Celebrating Friendship
26
A Female Tradition of Reversal
50
The Parrot Dance
77
Professional Storytelling
104
A Chhattisgarhi Epic
131
PandvdnT Heroines Chhattisgarhi Daughters
156
Shifting Boundaries of Genre and Community
177
The Song of Subanbali
189
Of Friendship Love and Memory
252
Sample Transcriptions of Performance Texts
325
Glossary
333
Index
345
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