ANT 394M • Folklore & Oral Performance of South Asia
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
In the last several decades, folklore and performance theory have become the sites of important interdisciplinary debates in South Asian studies. Key terms such as the folk, genre, text, performance, and tradition have become problematized, influencing larger understandings of expressive culture beyond the region. This graduate seminar will survey the recent literature, including both general contributions and specific studies in the South Asian context. Topics will be selected from the following: genre theory and the major genres (song, tale, epic, drama); popular religion and performance; popular painting and visual culture; orality and literacy; and gender and folklore.
Sample Texts: Stuart Blackburn, et al, Oral Epics in India Arjun Appadurai, et al, Gender, Genre, and Power in South Asian Expressive Traditions Richard Bauman, Story, Performance and Event Dan Ben-Amos, Folklore Genres Margaret Mills, et al, South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia Rustom Bharucha, Rajasthan: An Oral History, Conversations with Komal Kothari