SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Orature, Literature and History: Exploring Northern Indian Popular Culture (19c-20c) - PART 3


Date: 31 May 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 31 May 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: T102

Type of Event: Workshop

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In this week-long course, Prof Catherine Servan-Schreiber (CEIAS, Paris) and Camille Buat (Sciences Po, Paris and University of Göttingen) will explore the living traditions in the Bhojpuri language of Northern India. They will share their methodologies for studying the circulation of Bhojpuri texts, singers, and labourers. Exploring the interface between literature and history, they propose to look at the texts simultaneously as objects and sources for historical study.

How does awareness of contemporary orature change the way we approach historical texts? How can we use these texts as sources to write a history of the region which produced them? How can we use narrative patterns to compare distant forms of orature? And how can we make orature seriously part of the study of world literature?

Part III. Comparing oratures. Revenge in the Bhojpuri epics, the Bidesiya tradition and beyond. Thursday 31 May 2018, 15:00-17:00 NB Room T102, 22 Russell Square

In this final session Catherine Servan-Schreiber and Camille Buat will introduce selected texts from the vendetta epics and the bidesiya tradition (songs of migration). Looking at the way both genres depict the conflict between a hero and his surrounding, they will explore the representation of conjugality, family and community in both tradition and they will compare these corpuses with other literary or film sources on vendetta stories, nostalgia and exile, whether Indian, European or Brazilian.