The Rāmāyaṇa tradition is well known for an inexhaustible variety of forms and narrative structures transmitted by different media. Oral–Written–Performed examines selected textual, oral, visual and performing forms in which the Rāma story has functioned in Indian literature and arts. It also investigates the techniques that transform the Rāmāyaṇa narratives. The volume addresses the question how narratives become vehicles for literary conventions and ideologies expressive of diverse sectarian concerns, or cultural values. It is an excellent companion to earlier publications on the Rāmāyaṇa tradition and indispensable reading for students of South Asian literature, arts and religion.
Danuta Stasik is Professor at the University of Warsaw, where she teaches courses on Hindi literature, North Indian culture and society. Her research focuses mainly on the history of Hindi literature and literary criticism, the Rāmāyaṇa tradition, as well as on the Indian diaspora in the West.