Gender, Genre, and Power in South Asian Expressive Traditions

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Arjun Appadurai, Frank J. Korom, Margaret Ann Mills
Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, Jan 1, 1994 - Folk literature - 486 pages
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In Gender, Genre and Power the authors cross the boundaries between anthropology, folklore, and history to cast new light on the relation between songs and stories, reality and realism, and rhythm and rhetoric in the expressive traditions of South Asia. The essays look particularly at the contexts in which expressible materials are shared and debated, while paying close attention to the textual conventions that frame their complexity. Arjun Appadurai, Frank J. Korom, Margaret A. Mills, and the contributors to this volume demonstrate that in the living traditions of folk representation in South Asia gender is richly debated and women`s voices are as eloquent as men`s.
 

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Contents

Womens Tales
33
Gender and Verbal Performance Style in Afghanistan
56
The Role of Suffering in Womens Performance of Paxto
78
Gender and Illusion in a Rajasthani Yogic Tradition
102
Kin Songs
136
Genre and Community in the Folklore System
181
Why Does Ram Swamp Sing? Song and Speech in
201
A Landless Laborers Sense of Place
224
Footpath Poets of Peshawar
305
The Popularization and Transformation of the Light
347
Aesthetics Performance and the Enactment of Tradition
362
Rama in the Shadow Puppet
379
Saris and Hair
395
The Powers of Parody in NayakaPeriod Tanjavur
428
Afterword
467
Index
481

The Cosmogonic Riddles of Lalan Fakir
267

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