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dc.contributor.authorMruthinti Kamath, Harshita
dc.date.issued2019
dc.date.submitted2019-06-19 10:43:50
dc.date.submitted2020-04-01T10:17:28Z
dc.identifier1005099
dc.identifierOCN: 1135849579
dc.identifierhttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/25002
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/38591
dc.description.abstractDrawing on multisited ethnographic fieldwork and performance analysis, this book centers on an insular community of Smarta brahmin men from the Kuchipudi village in Telugu-speaking South India, who are required to don strī-vēṣam (woman’s guise) and impersonate female characters from Hindu religious narratives. According to the hagiography of Siddhendra, the founding saint of Kuchipudi dance, every brahmin man from a hereditary Kuchipudi family must don strī-vēṣam at least once in his life, a prescription that still resonates in the village today. Impersonation, the term used to indicate the donning of gender guise (vēṣam), is not simply a performative mandate for Kuchipudi brahmin men but also a practice of power that creates normative ideals of brahmin masculinity in village performance and everyday life. However, the construction of brahmin masculinity against the backdrop of impersonation is highly contingent, particularly on account of the expansion of Kuchipudi in the latter half of the twentieth century from a localized village performance to a transnational Indian “classical” dance tradition. By shifting from village to urban and transnational spaces, the book traces the technologies of normativity that create, sustain, and undermine normative ideals of gender, caste, and sexuality through the embodied practice of impersonation in contemporary South India.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJF Asian history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRA Religion: general
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropology
dc.subject.otherimpersonation
dc.subject.otherKuchipudi
dc.subject.otherbrahmin masculinity
dc.subject.otherTelugu
dc.subject.otherSouth India
dc.subject.otherIndian dance
dc.subject.otherstrī-vēṣam
dc.subject.otherwoman’s guise
dc.subject.othergender
dc.subject.othercaste
dc.titleImpersonations
dc.title.alternativeThe Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1525/luminos.72
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy19856893-4bf2-4e3e-9137-c7692d64e4c1
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameUniversity of California Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitewww.ucpress.edu
oapen.relation.isbn9780520301665
oapen.pages245
oapen.place.publicationOakland


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