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In Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes six representative Indian folklore genres from a single regional repertoire to show the influence of their intertextual relations on the composition and interpretation of artistic performance. Placing special emphasis on women’s rituals, she looks at the relationship between the framework and organization of indigenous genres and the reception of folklore performance. The regional repertoire under examination presents a strikingly female-centered world. Female performers and characters are active, articulate, and frequently challenge or defy expectations of gender. Men also confound traditional gender roles. Flueckiger includes the translations of two full performance texts of narratives sung by female and male storytellers respectively.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations and Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Gregory Nagy
  3. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. 1. Introduction: Region, Repertoire, and Genre
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2. Soaking the Goddess, Celebrating Friendship: Bhojali
  2. pp. 26-49
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  1. 3. Brave Daughters, Bound Kings: A Female Tradition of Reversal: Dalkhai
  2. pp. 50-76
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  1. 4. Land of Wealth, Land of Famine: The "Parrot Dance" in Ritual and Narrative: Sua Nac
  2. pp. 77-103
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  1. 5. Joining Verse to Verse: Professional Storytelling and Individual Creativity: Kathni Kuha
  2. pp. 104-130
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  1. 6. "This Is Our Story": A Chhattisgarhi Epic: Candaini
  2. pp. 131-155
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  1. 7. Paṇḍvānī Heroines, Chhattisgarhi Daughters: Paṇḍvānī
  2. pp. 156-176
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  1. 8. Conclusion: Shifting Boundaries of Genre and Community
  2. pp. 177-186
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  1. Performance Texts
  1. The Song of Subanbali
  2. pp. 189-251
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  1. Kathānī Kūhā: Of Friendship, Love, and Memory
  2. pp. 252-324
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  1. Sample Transcriptions of Performance Texts
  2. pp. 325-332
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 337-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-354
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501722868
Related ISBN
9780801432064
MARC Record
OCLC
1057696840
Pages
424
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-06
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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