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In Quest of Indian Folktales

Sadhana Naithani (Author)
Synopsis In Quest of Indian Folktales publishers for the first time collection of northern Indian folktales from the late nineteenth century. Reputedly the work of William Crooke, a well-known folklorist and British colonial official, the tales were actually collected, selected, and translated by a certain Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube. In 1996, Sadhana National discovered this unpublished collection in the archive of the Folklore Society, London. Since then, She has uncovered the identity of the mysterious Chaube and the details of his collaboration with the famous folklorist. In an extensive four chapter introduction, Naithani describes Chaube’s relationship to Crooke and the essential role he played in Crooke’s work, as both a native informant and a trained scholar. By unearthing the fragmented story of Chaube’s life Naithani gives voice a new identity of an Indian folklore scholar in colonial India The publication of these tales and the discovery of Chaube’s role in their collection reveal the complexity of the colonial intellectual world and problematize our own views of folklore in a postcolonial world.
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About the author

Sadhana Naithani

Dr. Sadhana Naithani is assistant professor at the Center of German Studies, Jawaharlal nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis, "Politics of Love," is a study of German folk songs. Her postdoctoral research and publication in the history of folklore research have focused on the interface between nineteenth century European folkliristics and colonial folklore collections compiled in India by British colonial administrators. the postcolonial perspective in her writing has brought forth the role of native scholars in the compilation of those volumes. Folktales from Northern India is the first volume ever to be published under the joint authroship of a colonial administrator scholar-William Crooke-and his Indian scholar-associate-Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube. Sadhana Naithani's articles have been published in the Journal of Folklore Research and in Folklore.

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Title In Quest of Indian Folktales
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.05.2009
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125034506, 9788125034506
length 328p,. Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; 25cm.