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

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Anthem Press, 2010 - Philosophy - 301 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'. The problem addressed by 'Dialogics of Self, the Mahabharata and Culture' is not just how we understand and narrate history, but also how the very mechanism by which we understand and narrate history itself has a history. This volume is about the interplay of several histories - that of the individual, individual's past relationship to the text, which in turn is dependent on the nature of encounters they have had in the past, and the history of the text, and the very history of understanding.

 

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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
Tables
265
References
297
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Lakshmi Bandlamudi is Professor of Psychology at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. Her research and teaching interests are focused on the area of human development, with a special emphasis on dialogic consciousness. She is also the author of a travelogue.

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