In Quest of Indian Folktales: Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke

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Indiana University Press, May 21, 2006 - Social Science - 344 pages
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"[A] rare piece of scholarly detective work." -- Margaret Mills, Ohio State University

In Quest of Indian Folktales publishes for the first time a collection of northern Indian folktales from the late 19th century. Reputedly the work of William Crooke, a well-known folklorist and British colonial official, the tales were actually collected, selected, and translated by a certain Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube. In 1996, Sadhana Naithani discovered this unpublished collection in the archive of the Folklore Society, London. Since then, she has uncovered the identity of the mysterious Chaube and the details of his collaboration with the famous folklorist. In an extensive four-chapter introduction, Naithani describes Chaube's relationship to Crooke and the essential role he played in Crooke's work, as both a native informant and a trained scholar. By unearthing the fragmented story of Chaube's life, Naithani gives voice to a new identity of an Indian folklore scholar in colonial India. The publication of these tales and the discovery of Chaube's role in their collection reveal the complexity of the colonial intellectual world and problematize our own views of folklore in a postcolonial world.

  

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Contents

1 Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke
5
2 The Golden Manuscripts
19
3 Crooke Chaube and Colonial Folkloristics 18681914
38
4 Postcolonial Conclusions
56
Part II Tales from the Manuscripts of Chaube and Crooke
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Tales 1 to 87
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Tales 88 to 103
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Tales 104 to 125
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AarneThompson Tale Type Index Numbers
311
Glossary of Indian Terms within Tales
313
Bibliography
315
Chapters 14
319
Contributors of Tales
321
Places That Contributed Tales
323
Numbers and Titles of Tales
325
Copyright

Tales 126 to 158
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Page 317 - Panjab Notes and Queries. A Monthly Periodical devoted to the Systematic Collection of Authentic Notes and Scraps of information regarding the Country and the People.

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About the author (2006)

Sadhana Naithani is Assistant Professor of Language, Literature and Culture Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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