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Kashmir's Contested PastsNarratives, Sacred Geographies, and the Historical Imagination$
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Chitralekha Zutshi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450671

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450671.001.0001

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The Kashmiri Narrative Public

The Kashmiri Narrative Public

Textuality, Orality, and Performance

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(p.240) 5 The Kashmiri Narrative Public
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Kashmir's Contested Pasts
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Chitralekha Zutshi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450671.003.0006

Chapter 5 unravels the complex makings of Kashmir’s narrative tradition, and the world within which it circulated and was consumed. This world, which it refers to as the Kashmiri narrative public, was an interlinked network of multiple individuals, languages, textuality, orality, and performance that persisted in the face of orientalist intervention, print culture, and the advent of princely rule in Kashmir. It was a space relatively free of state influences that allowed Kashmiris to come together across lines of class, religion, and sect to experience their collective past as a shared, everyday experience. The chapter highlights the importance of writers, storytellers, wandering bards, minstrels, and ordinary men and women, operating in Kashmiri and Persian, to the generation and preservation of historical memories that resonated with the idea of Kashmir as place.

Keywords:   narrative public, textuality, orality, performance, storytellers, minstrels, print culture, historical memory, language, Kashmiri

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