Dialogics of Self, the Mahabharata and Culture: The History of Understanding and Understanding of History

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Anthem Press, 2011 - Philosophy - 316 pages
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'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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Contents

So Whats the Story and Why This Story?
3
Telling Tales About Lives
39
Who Tells What Kinds of Stories?
91
Allure of Tales in the Living Texts
105
The Story Telling
121
The Heroinesjourney in Time
141
The Reading Act
157
Readers Plots and Discourse
225
Tales in Lives and Lives in Tales
237
Reflections on Real Time in Great Time
251
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265
Rgferenees
297
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Lakshmi Bandlamudi is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. She grew up in India and immigrated to the United States of America in 1981. She studied at Columbia University and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees respectively. She teaches courses in Human Development and Women’s Studies.

Her research work is grounded on the theoretical foundations of two Russian thinkers: the Literary Critic, Mikhail Bakhtin and Socio-Historical Epistemologist Lev Vygotsky. She has been credited for her innovative interdisciplinary work, and for setting up dialogues between eastern and western philosophies. She has received several research grants and has been the recipient of Fulbright Award twice – once in 1996 to Bulgaria and Romania and the next time in 2004 to China.

Lakshmi Bandlamudi is also an avid hiker.  She is the author of ‘Movements with the Cosmic Dancer: On Pilgrimage to Kailash’ (with a foreword by H. H. the Dalai Lama), based on her adventures in the Himalayas.

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