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IRREVERENT HISTORY
Essays in Honour of M.G.S. Narayanan
Edited by Kesavan Veluthat and Donald R. Davis, Jr.
2014, 328pp, Hb
ISBN: 978-93-84082-14-7
Price: 1,195

The Book
Irreverent History brings together essays in honour of Professor M.G.S. Narayanan, a historian who brought about a veritable shift in the paradigm of historiography in Kerala. As much of his work has been on the history of Kerala, the bulk of writing here is on the history and culture of that state. He has, however, made lasting contributions to other areas of Indian history and epigraphy and hence, another section of this volume is devoted to epigraphy and connected history. With contributions from Christophe Vielle, K.N. Ganesh, Manu V. Devadevan, Heike Moser, Rich Freeman, Krishna Mohan Shrimali, Daud Ali, Bhairabi Prasad Sahu, Upinder Singh, Elizabeth Lambourn, Noboru Karashima, Y. Subbarayalu, Venkata Raghotham and Nayanjot Lahiri, this volume is not merely a homage to a truly path-breaking academic; but it is also a monument to the influential nature of Professor Narayanan's work. The volume contains articles on the history and culture of Kerala, epigraphy, anthropological analysis of temple festivals, caste, money trade, etc.
    This volume will be useful for students of Kerala history and those who seek to understand the nuances that have shaped what is today called 'God's Own Country'.

The Editors
Kesavan Veluthat is currently Professor of History at the University of Delhi.
Donald R. Davis, Jr. is Associate Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas at Austin.


Table of Contents

  1. M.G.S. Narayanan: The Irreverent Historian
    Kesavan Veluthat

Part I: Kerala History and Culture
  1. How did Parasurama Come to Raise Kerala?
    Christophe Vielle

  2. From Nadu to Swarupam: Political Authority in Southern Kerala from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries
    K.N. Ganesh

  3. Changes in Land Relations during the Decline of the Cera State
    Manu V. Devadevan

  4. Jaayuvadham in Kerala's Sanskrit Theatre Kuiyaam
    Heike Moser

  5. Satire as Apology: The Puruartthakkuttu of Kerala
    Donald R. Davis, Jr.

  6. Implications of the Ritual Programme and Context of Aaupua Puram
    Rich Freeman

Part II: Epigraphy, Connected History and Conceptual Frameworks
  1. Social Structure and Commercial Pursuits in Early India: Reflections on Some Conceptual Issues
    Krishna Mohan Shrimali

  2. The Image of the Scribe in Early Medieval Sources
    Daud Ali

  3. Community, Caste and Region in Odisha: The Formative Period
    Bhairabi Prasad Sahu

  4. Vara and Jati in Ancient India: Some Questions
    Upinder Singh

  5. Borrowed Words in an Ocean of Objects: Geniza Sources and New Cultural Histories of the Indian Ocean
    Elizabeth Lambourn

  6. Political Compacts Made by Local Chiefs during the Later Chola Period
    Noboru Karashima

  7. A Copperplate Inscription of Krishnadevaraya's Time: Its Historical Implication
    Y. Subbarayalu

  8. Historical Memory and Statecraft in Late Medieval South India: A Study of Krishnadeva Raya's Campaign of AD 1517
    Venkata Raghotham

  9. Delhi's Capital Century (1911-2011): Understanding the Transformation of the City
    Nayanjot Lahiri

Research Publications of M.G.S. Narayanan

Index