Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Ramayana Revisited$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mandakranta Bose

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195168321.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 December 2019

Resisting Rāma

Resisting Rāma

Dharmic Debates on Gender and Hierarchy and the Work of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa

(p.19) 1 Resisting Rāma
The Ramayana Revisited

Mandakranta Bose (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter, on resistance to the idolization of Rāma, suggests that the undercutting of the ideological positions within Valmiki's original narrative that modern studies in the Rāmāyana identify as a powerful force in alternative Rāmāyanas is incipient in the original text itself. Noting the formative influence of the great epics of India on the construction of the South Asian ethos, especially on formulations of gender and power, it is shown how the authority of Valmiki's text is modulated by its rhetorical strategies. In a study of episodes from Valmiki's original narrative, and of the symbiosis of their rhetorical and conceptual texture, the narrative process by which ideologies of gender and power are formed are uncovered. It is argued that “forensic encounters” between the major characters of the Rāmāyana work toward enforcing adherence to the ethical and political ideals that emerge as dominant directives.

Keywords:   Rāmāyana, Valmiki, idolization, resistance, narrative

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .