Society with Indian characteristics: caste, class, and species in contemporary retellings of the Rāmāyaṇa

João Pedro Oliveira*

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This paper analyzes the construction of Indian society in retellings of the Rāmāyaṇa published in India between 2010 and 2020. I focus on the concepts of caste, class, and mythological species. Through discourse analysis of a corpus of retellings, nonfiction works by the same authors, and comparisons with secondary literature, I show how specific castes, classes, and species are assimilated to one another and contrasted with competing identities. I also show how such representations define positive traits of Indianness and contrast them with the opposite negative traits of Otherness. I conclude that, despite differences in style, the retellers imagine an ancient pre-colonial India imbued with the modern neoliberal values of freedom of choice and social mobility.

Idioma originalEnglish
Número de páginas19
RevistaJournal of Dharma Studies
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Estado da publicaçãoAceite para publicação - 2024

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