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Review Of Landscapes Of Urban Memory

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Drawing on urban studies, religious studies, work on memory and the body, classical Tamil landscape theory, globalization theory, and performance theory, and ingeniously adapting Mikhail M. Bakhtin's literary concepts of heteroglossia and the chronotope to oral narrative and processional ritual, Srinivas poses a question: Why has this jatre grown, while the group that sponsors it has declined through "displacement, disenfranchisement, and marginalization"? This chapter presents an argument that is made on three main fronts: memory, bodies, and oral epic. Memory-wise, the jatre runs counter to a kind of "civic amnesia" by drawing "attention to groups who regard themselves as legitimate subjects of urban history". The oral epic, the Karaga Purana, consists of Tamil songs and Telugu prose, with Kannada mixed in the latter.

Keywords: bodies; classical Tamil landscape theory; globalization theory; heteroglossia; jatre; memory; oral epic; performance theory; Srinivas; urban studies



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