The Life of a Text

  A Note on Transliteration

 collapse sectionOne  The Text and the Research Context
 Tulsidas and the Ramayan Tradition
 Metrical and Narrative Structure
 The Fathomless Lake: Tulsi's Narrative Framing
 The Manas and the Western Audience
 On Poetry and Performance
 Banas: City of Tulsidas
 collapse sectionTwo  The Text in Recitation and Song
 The Varieties of Recitation
 Spreading the Word: The Puranic Recitation Model
 collapse sectionThe Rites of Recitation
 The Samput
 The Arti
 Practitioners Of Mas Parayan
 Manas As Marathon
 A Family Celebrates Divali
 Path as Protection/Propitiation
 collapse sectionThe "Great Sacrifice" of MANAS Recitation
 The Reciters
 Beginning Each Day's Program
 Other Perormance Elements
 Other Nine-Day Programs
 Recitation as "Sacrifice"
 collapse sectionThe Pleasures of Manas Singing
 Kajli in Visheshvar Ganj
 Holi Singing
 collapse sectionThree  The Text Expounded: The Development of Manas-Katha
 The Telling and Its Milieu
 Epic and Puranic Exegetical Traditions
 collapse sectionThe Manas-Katha Tradition
 Tulsi the Singer
 The First Retellers
 Indigenous Exegetical Terms
 The Rise of Royal Patronage
 The Tulsi-Parampara
 Mahant Ramcharand as and Jnani Sant Singh
 Shivlal Pathak and Ramgulam Dvivedi
 Raghunath Das and Kashthajihva Swami
 Vandan Pathak, Chakkanlal, and Ramkumar
 The Manas Piyus
 The Later Tulsi-Parampara
 Changing Styles of Katha.
 collapse sectionFour  The Art of Manas-Katha
 The Economics of Katha
 collapse sectionQualifications of a Performer
 Brahmans and Others
 Becoming a Vyas
 Studentship and the Tradition
 Internalizing the Text
 Written Sources
 Preparing for Performance
 collapse sectionPerformance Structure and Techniques
 The Vyas Seat
 The Mangalacaran and the Kirtan
 The Performance Cycle
 Performer-Audience Interaction
 The Language of Katha
 Formulaic Epithets
 collapse sectionKatha in Context: The Contemporary Performance Milieu
 Daily Katha an Afiternoon at Sankat Mochan
 The Sammelan: an Evening at Gyan Vapi
 One-man Show: Ramkinkar at Birla Temple
 collapse sectionThe Performer and the Text
 Vyakhya And Vyakaran
 Creative Retelling: Dialogue and "Domestication"
 Esoteric Interpretations
 Numerology and "Structural" Analysis
 Allegorical Interpretation
 The Nature of Katha: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
 The Palace of Mirrors
 collapse sectionFive  Words Made Flesh: The Text Enacted
 The Ramlila Tradition
 The "Sport" of Kings: Evolution of the Banaras Ramlila
 collapse sectionThree Contemporary Productions
 Chitrakut and the Bharat Milap
 Bharat Milap
 The Enthronement
 Khojwan: Ramnagar Remade
 Kop Bhavan
 Ramnagar: Pilgrims and Singers
 collapse sectionRamlila and Devotional Practice
 Theological Views of Lila
 Entering the Play
 collapse sectionThe Ultimate Commentary
 Shivpur’s Visual Allegory
 collapse sectionSix  The Text in a Changing Society
 collapse sectionThe Paradoxical Paradigm
 Brothers and Others
 The Limited Ideal
 The Rise of the Eternal Religion
 collapse sectionThe Politics of Ramraj
 Liberation Theology in Avadh
 Gandhi's Katha
 Ramraj and the Right
 collapse sectionCracks in the Mirror
 Shastri's Sastra
 No Apologies from Kanpur
 Dona Nobis Pacem
 collapse sectionPeople of the Book
 Rush-Hour Revival
 You've Read the Book . . . Now Buy the Cassette
 . . . And Watch the Video
 Banking on the Name
 Avadhi, Khari Boli, and "Hindi-Ization"
 The New Patrons
 The Future of Manas Performance

  Glossary of Names with Transliteration
 collapse sectionBibliography
 Ramcaritmanas Editions and Commentaries
 Other Sources
 collapse sectionIndex

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