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Of Clowns and Gods, Brahmans and Babus free pdf Humour as a competence inherent in all human beings defies description and its huge variety, forms and faces have always engendered curiosity. For centuries people have attempted to pinpoint the essence of humour. The contributors to this volume, however, restrict their study of humour to the written and oral literatures of South Asia. They approach the problems not only intuitively, from their own sense of humour, but go beyond that out of a recognition that humour as performance is culture specific and cannot, therefore, always be comprehended on the spot. Several contributors caste their work in various theoretical frameworks, particularly theories of humour. The volume contains a broad spectrum of essays on the subject in modern and pre-modern, in classical and folk, and in written and oral literatures from almost all corners of the subcontinent. They treat the subject from a multitude of perspectives and offer background of different theories of humour. With one exception, the contributions have a common characteristic: they deal with material that has not been explored so far in research. These empirical studies are, therefore, the first step towards a theoretical analysis of humour in South Asia. The multi-regional coverage of papers opens up potential for comparative research on humour in the literatures and verbal arts of contemporary South Asia.

About Christina Oesterheld

Christina Oesterheld studied Indology at the Humboldt University, Berlin, where she worked as a research assistant after finishing her studies. She did her Ph.D. on the contemporary Urdu novelist Qurratulain Hyder. Since 1990 she has been teaching Urdu and Hindi at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. She has done research on modern Urdu literature and translated Urdu short stories and poetry into German. Claus Peter Zoller studied Classical and Modern Indology, and Germanic philology in Tubingen and Heidelberg. He did his Ph.D. in 1980 on the grammar of a Bhotia language of the Garhwal Himalaya. Then followed fellowships from the DAAD and the DFG for the study of Pahari languages and Himalayan folk traditions. Between 1985 and 1994 he was representative of the South Asia Institute in New Delhi and assistant professor in Frankfurt and Heidelberg. He then had a two years fellowship from the DFG for the completion of the habilitation with a postdoctoral thesis on the grammar and poetic style of an oral version of the Mahabharata from the Garhwal Himalaya. Since 1997 he has been working as a research fellow in the Pakistan-German research project Culture Area Karakorum on the dialects and oral folk traditions of Indus-Kohistan.

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Author : Christina Oesterheld
Publisher : Manohar Publishers and Distributors
Data Published : 01 December 1998
ISBN : 8173042608
EAN : 9788173042607
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 182 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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