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Casting Kings: Bards and Indian Modernity

Jeffrey G. Snodgrass


Based on three years of anthropological fieldwork in the Indian state of Rajasthan, this book explores the manner that semi-nomadic performers known as Bhats understand and also subvert caste hierarchies. A number of scholars have recently contended that caste is invented and thus a fiction of a kind. Focus in these studies, however, is typically placed on the way that caste is imagined according to the agendas and desires of elite Westerners such as colonial officials. By contrast, this book argues that Bhats themselves understand the imaginative dimensions of caste relations. It focuses on ... More

Keywords: caste, India, bards, anthropology, tradition, performance, narrative, oral literature, oral epics, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304343
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195304349.001.0001


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Jeffrey G. Snodgrass, author
Colorado State University
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