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Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition

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Questioning Rama's story has played a generative role in sustaining the Ramayana tradition over centuries, across regions, and among different communities. Although the story of Rama (Ramkatha) has generated many tellings, most people are familiar with a few authoritative texts, such as those by Valmiki, Tulsidas, or the television serial by Ramanand Sagar. This volume ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published February 13th 2001 by University of California Press (first published October 2nd 2000)
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Celeste
Aug 30, 2007 Celeste rated it it was amazing
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This is a fabulous collection of essays looking at the ways in which different versions of the story of Rama and Sita question hegemonic discourses about gender, caste, imperialism, and racism. The Ramayana is one of the most retold epic myths in Indian (and Southeast Asian...but this book deals only with Indian and Indian diasporic Ramayanas), and with its emphasis on Rama as the ideal king and Sita as the ideal wife continues to have intense cultural and political salience. However, this book ...more
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Another nice set of essays investigating the interpretation of the Ramayana.
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