India and South Asian Studies

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Hindi Hindu Histories

Explores how four public intellectuals in North India imagined freedom and Hindi-Hindu nationhood through their writings on caste, Ayurveda, travel, and communism.

Cold War Genres

Argues that the post-independence period was a unique era of literary experimentation in Hindi literature, which must be read in the contexts of both local and global cultural, social, and literary history.

Behind Kṛṣṇa’s Smile

Examines Kṛṣṇa’s hint of laughter (prahasann iva) in the Bhagavadgītā, its interpretations in the Vedānta commentarial tradition, and its significance in Kṛṣṇaite iconography and literature.

Ruling Devotion

Combines historical, literary, art historical, and archaeological perspectives to explore the idea of the Hindu temple in the British colonial imagination.

Religion and Women in India

Examines the intersections of gender, religion, and politics among various Indian religious communities, from early British rule to the late twentieth century.

Awakening a Living World on a Kūṭiyāṭṭam Stage

Explores the cultural dynamics of this ancient form of Sanskrit theater.

The Literary Life of Yājñavalkya

A literary and historical investigation into an ancient Indian religious thinker, tracing his rise in importance in the Hindu tradition.

Wonder in South Asia

A comparative study of wonder in South Asian religions.

The Ethnography of Tantra

Presents Tantra from an ethnographic vantage point, through a series of case studies grounded in diverse settings across contemporary Asia.

An American Girl in India

Offers a portrait of India as seen through the eyes of a sensitive, sharp-eyed, and witty young scholar in the early 1960s.

The Festival of Indra

Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.

Searching for Ashoka

Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.

Early Buddhist Society

A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.

Honeymoon Couples and Jurassic Babies

Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.

Religion and Empire in Portuguese India

Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.

The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak

Edited by Partha Chatterjee
Notes by Partha Chatterjee
Subjects: Asian Studies

Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.

Hindutva and Violence

Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.

Christianity and Politics in Tribal India

Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.

When Does History Begin?

Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.

Nine Nights of Power

Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.

Singing the Goddess into Place

Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.

The Mughals and the Sufis

Examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.

Empire News

Examines English-language Indian newspapers from the mid-nineteenth century and their role in simultaneously sustaining and probing British colonial governance.

Many Mahābhāratas

A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata studies.

The Hagiographer and the Avatar

Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.