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Verbal Narrative

Aditya Malik

in Nectar Gaze and Poison Breath

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195150193
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784653 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195150198.003.0002

Series: South Asia Research

 Verbal Narrative

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This chapters examines the categories of performance, remembrance and memory, song and declamatory chant, repetition, dialogue, and reported speech. All of these features build the context for the communicative act of telling and listening to the oral narrative. Taken together, they also form the framework for the “reason” why the narrative is told, which is to elicit the presence of Devnārāyan. Thus the notion of “text” (both oral and visual) is bound to a larger context. As is not the case of the written text, neither the oral nor the visual narrative exist as self-contained objects.

Keywords: Devnārāyan; oral narrative; performance; remembrance; song; declamatory chant; repetition; dialogue; speech

Chapter.  12363 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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