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Banaras Revisited
Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light
editor(s): Keul, István
volume: 14
pages/dimensions: 283 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Hardback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
weight: 740g
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 06.01.2014
prices: 58,00 Eur[D] / 59,70 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-10201-8
58,00 Eur

In Banaras Revisited, scholars from various disciplines talk about their research in a city that has been described as a veritable microcosm of India: multifaceted, complex, vibrant, and full of contradictions. The themes range from the sensory aesthetics of everyday life to the history of the Marathas in Banaras; from Harishchandra, the “father” of modern Hindi, to the “tribals” of Nagwa; from the architecture of the gha?s to the works of the Austrian writers Zweig and Winkler; from ‘informative relationships’ with research assistants to the mediatization of goddesses; from reflections on public education to a contemporary literary chronicler of Assi; from “colonial ghosts” in the 1950s to present-day Western travelers. In addition to its thematic diversity, the volume benefits from another strong asset: the voices of its contributors, clearly audible in reflexive passages and personal vignettes that make the essays a useful reading also for undergraduates considering fieldwork in Banaras or elsewhere.