Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780857421920 Published June 2014 World sales rights except India

Listening to the Loom

Essays on Literature, Politics and Violence

D. R. Nagaraj

D. R. Nagaraj

Distributed for Seagull Books

Edited and Introduced by Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi

392 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780857421920 Published June 2014 World sales rights except India
Listening to the Loom brings to light a previously unknown body of ideas and essays from renowned Indian Dalit scholar D. R. Nagaraj, representing his most important writings on literature, politics, and violence. Comprised of thirteen pieces-- the majority dating from between 1993 and 1998--the book covers a period when Nagaraj produced some of his most important insights.

The title comes from a story recounted by the novelist U. R. Ananthamurthy. Once, while walking in Kathmandu with Nagaraj, his companion asked him to stop and listen to the sound of a weaver’s loom that only he had heard. Ananthamurthy recalls saying to Nagaraj that so long as he retained this ability to hear the sound of a loom, he would never become a “non-resident Indian” intellectual. In this volume, Nagaraj’s ear for the sound and sense of things quintessentially Indian is undeniably apparent.
Contents
Editor’s Note and Acknowledgements
 
Introduction: Garuda in Search of Nectar—On the Narrative Imagination of D. R. Nagaraj
Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi
 
Part I: Kannada’s Cultural Imagination
 
1. Critical Tensions in the History of Kannada Literary Culture
 
2. The Creative Imagination of U. R. Ananthamurthy
 
3. Chandrashekar Kambara: The Playwright of Comic Energy
 
4. The Comic Collapse of Authority: An Essay on the Fears of the Public Spectator
 
5. The Forms of Kannada Nationalism
 
6. New Orality and Poetry
 
Part II: Politics and Violence
 
7. Beyond the Essentialist and Constructivist Paradigms: Notes on Indian Pluralism
 
8. The Ethics and Aesthetics of Violence
 
9. A Tibetan Dog, the Silent Sadhus, and the Peasants of Champaran: Notes on Violence, Non-Violence, and Counter-Violence in Gandhi
 
10. Anxious Hindu and Angry Farmer: Notes on the Culture and Politics of Two Responses to Globalization in India
 
11. The Tiger and the Magical Flute: Notes on Minorities
 
12. Spirituality and Social Action
 
13. Ashis Nandy: An Introduction
 
Appendix A: List of D.R. Nagaraj’s Writings
Amulya Nagaraj
 
Appendix B: A Folk Story
 
Index
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