Dirks, Nicholas B. (1981) The pasts of a Pālaiyakārar : the ethnohistory of a south Indian little king. Humanities Working Paper, 65. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090814-140850806
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This paper examines a text which is the family history of a line of south Indian "little kings," or pālaiyakārars. Beginning with a discussion of different modes of history, I analyze this text as both a statement of a particular history and a cultural representation of a more general modality of history. As a particular history, this text enables me to talk about conceptions of royal appropriateness and sovereignty, of political relations, and of kingly privileges; as a cultural form the text provides clues about the relations of these cultural conceptions to a structural form of narrative emplotment with all its underlying assumptions about time, causation, and process. Finally, I consider how a hermeneutical exercise of this sort is very important for Western analysts who wish to reconstruct the "history" of south Indian politics.
|Item Type:||Report or Paper (Working Paper)|
|Group:||Humanities Working Papers|
|Official Citation:||Dirks, Nicholas B. The pasts of a Pālaiyakārar: the ethnohistory of a south Indian little king. Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1981. Humanities Working Paper, No. 65.|
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|Deposited By:||Lindsay Cleary|
|Deposited On:||17 Aug 2009 16:43|
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