Dialogics of Self, the Mahabharata, and Culture: The History of Understanding and Understanding of History
‘Dialogics of Self, the Mahabharata and Culture: The History of Understanding and Understanding of History’ explores the interrelationships between individual and cultural historical dynamics in interpreting texts, using key concepts from Bakhtin’s theory of dialogics. This ambitious volume discusses the limits of fixed monologic discourses and the benefits of fluid dialogic discourses, and provides a cultural and psychological analysis of the epic Indian text the Mahabharata.
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Introduction So Whats the Story and Why This Story?
Telling Tales About Lives
Who Tells What Kinds of Stories?
The Cultural Scene Allure of Tales in the Living Texts
Remembering Mahabharata The Story Telling Time and the Time of the Story
Gendered Memories The Heroines Journey in Time
The Reading Act
Readers Plots and Discourse
About Self Memory and Interpretation
Tales in Lives and Lives in Tales
Reflections on Real Time in Great Time