Plunging the Ocean: Courts, Castes and Courtesans in the Kathasaritsagara

By: Tara Sheemar Malhan

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The voluminous content of the Kathasaritsagara, a text meant for courtly entertainment, locating the various points of its retelling and recognizing the timelessness of the tales themselves. The volume weaves gender as the discursive mesh interweaving various themes such as caste, class, occupations, control and flow of resources or wealth, religious practices, sexuality and power structures to highlight the discourse of the text itself. In their creation and negotiation with the past, the narratives are seen as crucially demonstrating 'social space', in the organization of space itself and in the reflection of social relations of production and reproduction. The conclusion highlights the contradictions inherent in the characters and plots, in the folk antecedents and monarchical elite appropriation of the kathas, in conformity and subversion. The structures of power that create systems of knowledge are essentially projected as ominously omnipresent in the 'Ocean of Stories'. This book will be of lasting pertinence to not just scholars of History, Sociology, Gender Studies and Cultural Studies but also to the scholars of Folk Studies. Printed Pages: 332.

Title: Plunging the Ocean: Courts, Castes and Courtesans in the Kathasaritsagara

Author Name: Tara Sheemar Malhan

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2017

ISBN: 9789384082864

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701521

Keywords: Plunging the Ocean: Courts, Castes and Courtesans in the Kathasaritsagara Tara Sheemar Malhan