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Scholarly Essays, Chapters, Translations

2012

Local Boons: The Many Lives of Family Stories. In Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in Auto/Biographical Studies. Maureen Perkins, ed. Pp. 239-258. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

(with Kenneth M. George) Stories about Getting Stories: Interactional Dimensions of Folk and Personal Narrative Research. In Handbook of Interview Research. K.M. Marvasti, ed. Pp. 511-524. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2010

Placing Lives through Stories: Second Generation South Asian Americans. In Everyday Life in South Asia (second edition). Sarah Lamb and Diane Mines, eds. Pp. 472-486. Urbana: Illinois University Press.

2009

Breaking the Crust: Reevaluating Ethnography across Time. Etnofoor: Special Issue on Writing Culture 21 (1): 61-78

2008

Singing and Retelling the Past. In Living with Stories. William Schneider, ed. Pp. 97-129. Utah: Utah State University Press.

"Or in Other Words:" Traversing Registers of Language and Levels of Generality in Scholarly Writing. for special issue, Grand Theory. Journal of Folklore Research.

Showers of Flowers: A.K. Ramanujan and an Indian Folktale. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche.

The Ascetic Practice of Eating Sweets: Transcribing Oral Narrative. Special Issue, Transcription. Interval(le)s II.2-III.1: 597-606

"Or in Other Words:" Traversing Registers of Language and Levels of Generality in Scholarly Writing. Special issue, Grand Theory. Journal of Folklore Research 45 (1): 83-90

Stella Stories. In The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction and Other Reflections by Folklorists. Frank de Caro ed., pp. 128-136. Logan: Utah State University Press.

Showers of Flowers: A.K. Ramanujan and an Indian Folktale. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche 2 (1): 5-22

Singing and Retelling the Past. In Living with Stories. William Schneider, ed. Pp. 97-129. Logan: Utah State University Press.

Moving Stories: Beyond the Local in Ethnography and Fiction. In Self and subject in motion: South Asian and Pacific Cosmopolitans. Kathryn Robinson, ed. Pp. 60-76. London: Palgrave.

2007

Moving Stories: Beyond the Local in Ethnography and Fiction. In Self and subject in motion: South Asian and Pacific Cosmopolitans. Kathryn Robinson, ed. Pp. 60-76. Lond on: Palgrave.

Tools to Shape Texts: What Creative Nonfiction Can Offer Ethnography. Anthropology and Humanism 32:130-144.

Legends and Family Folklore. Indian Folklife . Special Issue, The Legend: Conceptual issues and Pragmatics of Telling . Kishore Bhattarcharjee, ed. 25.

2006

Shared Stories. In Bridges to Humanity: Narratives on Fieldwork and Friendship, 2d revised edition. Bruce T. Grindal and Frank A. Salamone, eds. Pp. 113-128. Long Grove, Il: Waveland.

2004

"Honor is Honor After All:" Silence and Speech in the Life Stories of Women in Kangra, North-West India. In Telling Lives in India: Biography, Autobiography and Life History. David Arnold and Stuart Blackburn eds. Pp. 227-251. New Delhi: Permanent Black. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

2003

Haunting Stories: Narrative Transmissions of South Asian Identities in Diaspora. In South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Traditions, Knut Jacobsen and Pratap Kumar, eds. pp. 415-434. Leiden: Brill.

Colonialism and Folklore, Folklore of Himachal Pradesh, Sadhu, Tulsi, Wedding Songs in South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia. Margaret A. Mills, Peter J. Claus, and Sarah Diamond, eds., pp. 115-116, 284, 531, 619, 634-635. New York: Routledge.

Bharatbarsat lokasmskriti bisayak chinta-carcha (History of Indian Folklore Scholarship, trans. by B.N. Datta) In VISWAKOSH: Encyclopedia of Assamese Folkloer. VOL V, K. Bhattacharya and Birendranath Datta, eds,. pp. 245-49. Jorhat : Asom Sahitya Sabha.

2002

How Native is a Native Anthropologist? In Feminist Postcolonial Theory: A Reader. Reina Lewis and Sara Mills, eds. pp. 263-284. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

How Native is a Native Anthropologist In American Anthropology: Papers from the American Anthropologist 1971-1995 . Regna Darnell, ed. Pp. 765-788. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Singing from Separation: Women's Voices in and About Kangra Folksongs. in Language, Gender and Subaltern Subjectivity. Gloria Raheja, ed. Pp. 1-31. New Delhi: Kali for Women.

The God of Doorways. In Mementos, Artifacts and Hallucinations from the Ethnographer’s Tent. Ron Emoff and David Henderson, eds., pp. 61-79. New York: Routledge.

White-Bearers: Views of the Dhauladhar. In Into the High Ranges: The Penguin Book of Mountain Writings , Ravina Aggarwal, ed, pp. 149-161.  New Delhi: Penguin.

Introduction: Situating Old Deccan Days. In Old Deccan Days by Mary Frere, K. Narayan, ed., pp. vii-xxxii. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.

Placing Lives through Stories: Second Generation South Asian Americans. In Everyday Life in South Asia, Sarah Lamb and Diane Mines, eds, pp. 425-439. Urbana: Illinois University Press.

2001

(with Kenneth M. George) Interviewing for Folk and Personal Narrative. In Handbook of Interview Research: Methods and Context, Jay Gubrium and James Holstein, eds., pp. 815-831. New York: Sage.

1999

Anthropologist and Novelist. In Yellow Light: The Flowering of the Asian American Arts , Amy Ling, ed. pp. 149-153. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Ethnography and Fiction: Mapping a Border. Anthropology and Humanism 24:1-14.

1998

Singing from Separation: Women's Voices in and About Kangra Folksongs. Oral Tradition 8:1-31.

How Native is a “Native” Anthropologist? In Anthropological Journeys: Essays on Fieldwork, Meenakshi Thapan, ed, pp. 162-87. New Delhi: Orient Longmans.

1997

The Sprouting and Uprooting of Saili: The Story of Sacred Tulsi in Kangra. Manushi: A Journal of Women and Society 102:30-38.

1996

How Native is a "Native" Anthropologist? In Situated Lives: Gender and Culture in Everyday Life , Louise Lamphere, Helene Ragone, and Patricia Zavella, eds., pp. 23-41. New York: Routledge.

Kulh : The Waterway. In The Walled-Up Bride: A Folklore Casebook, Alan Dundes, ed. pp. 109-120. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Songs Lodged in the Heart: Public Culture and the Displacement of Regional Women's Culture. In Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity , Smadar Lavie and Ted Swedenburg, eds., pp. 181-213.Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

First Sweet, then Sour: Women's Ritual Storytelling in the Himalayan Foothills. Women and Language XIV:9-13.

1995

Taking Oral Literary Criticism Seriously: Reflections on a Kangra Woman's Song. In Folklore Interpreted: Essays in Honor of Alan Dundes . R. Bendix and R. Zumwalt, eds., pp. 237-64. New York and London: Garland.

The Practice of Oral Literary Criticism: Women's Songs in Kangra, India. Journal of American Folklore 108:243-64.

Shared Stories. In Bridges to Humanity, B. Grindal and F. Salomone, eds., pp. 85-98. Prospect Heights: Waveland.

Participant Observation In Women Writing Culture. Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon, eds. Pp. 33-48. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Come Out and Serve. Anthropology and Humanism 20 (1): 52-59.

The Prince with Six Fingers. In Religions of India in Practice, Donald Lopez, ed. pp. 473-486. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant. In Religions of India in Practice, Donald Lopez, ed. Pp. 487-94. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

1994

Women's Songs, Women's Lives: A View from Kangra.Manushi: A Journal about Women and Society 81:2-10.

1993

How Native is a "Native" Anthropologist? American Anthropologist 95 (3): 19-32.

Refractions of the Field at Home: American Representations of Hindu Holy Men in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Cultural Anthropology 8(3):65-98.

Banana Republics and V.I. Degrees: Rethinking Indian Folklore in a Postcolonial World. Asian Folklore Studies 52:177-204.

On Nosecutters, Gurus and Storytellers. In Creativity/Anthropology, S. Lavie, K. Narayan, and R. Rosaldo, eds., pp. 30-53. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Introduction: Creativity in Anthropology (with S. Lavie and R. Rosaldo). In Creativity/Anthropology, eds. S. Lavie, K. Narayan, and R. Rosaldo, pp. 1-8. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

1991

Street Children Play Themselves. The Thatched Patio 4:1-11.

"According to their Feelings": Teaching and Healing with Stories. In The Lives Stories Tell: Narrative and Dialogue in Education, Carol Witherell and Nel Noddings, eds., pp. 113-135. New York: Teachers College Press.

1986

Birds on a Branch: Girlfriends and Wedding Songs in Kangra, Ethos 14:47-75.

 

Reviews and Notes

2007

Appreciating Women’s Folksongs. Sandesh 5 (3): 4-5.

Review of Paul Stoller, Gallery Bundu. American Ethnologist.

2006

Review of Lindsay Harlan, The Goddesses’ Henchmen. Journal of Religion 86 (2).

Review of Carolyn Ellis, The Ethnographic I . American Anthropologist 108 (2).

2005

Thinking Culturally: An Insider’s Perspective. Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore 31:25-26.

2004

Review of Burt Feintuch, ed. Eight Words in the Study of Expressive Culture. American Anthropologist.

2003

Review of Stuart Blackburn Moral Fictions. Journal of Asian Studies 62 (1):304-6.

1997

Review of A.K. Ramanujan, The Flowering Tree.Journal of Asian Studies 57:1211-1212.

1996

Review of Peter Manuel Cassette Culture.Yearbook of Traditional Music 145-146.

1995

Vanishing Ethnographers: Photowallahs. American Anthropologist 96:949-53.

Overlapping Endeavors: Anthropology and Literature. Review of A. Gottlieb and P. Graham, Parallel Worlds. Anthropology and Humanism 20:76-77.

Comment for Virginia Dominguez 'A Taste for "The Other."'Current Anthropology 35 (4):339.

1994

Review of M. Carrithers and C. Humphrey, eds. The Assembly of Listeners. American Ethnologist 21:983-94.

Review of A. Appadurai, F. Korom and M. Mills. eds. Gender, Genre and Power in South Asian Expressive Traditions. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 4:109-110.

1993

Obituary: A.K. Ramanujan. Manushi 78:32-33.

Review of Lindsey Harlan, Religion and Rajput Women. Council of Women in Asian Studies Newsletter 11:13-14.

Review of Lee Siegel Net of Magic. Numen 40:211-212.

1992

News from the Field. Anthropology Newsletter, U.W. Madison 9:1-2.

1991

''Women are Always Singing' Samvadi: Archives of the Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (Delhi) 4: 2-3.

Review of Owen Lynch, ed, Divine Passions. Pacific Affairs 64: 420-21.

1990

Review of Dan Rose Black American Street Life, South Philadelphia, 1969-1971. Man (n.s.) 25 (1990):368.

Storytelling for Scholars. Wisconsin South Asian Area Center News Report 16 (1990):3-4.

1985

Cultural Relativity. Interdisciplinary Folklore Alliance 4 (1): 1-3.

1983

Fieldwork Report. Interdisciplinary Folklore Alliance 2(2): 4-5.

 

Fiction, Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

2003

Don’t Be Simple, Be Complex. Cross Cultural Poetics XCP 12:63-66.

2002

The God of Doorways. In Mementos, Artifacts and Hallucinations from the Ethnographer’s Tent. Ron Emoff and David Henderson, eds., pp. 61-79. New York: Routledge.

2000

Stella in Bombay. Archipelago 3:1. http://www.archipelago.org.

1999

Firoze Ganjifrockwala. Selection from Love, Stars and All That. In Yellow Light: The Flowering of the Asian American Arts, Amy Ling, ed, pp. 153-155. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

1997

Lamps. In 100 Words: Special Issue on Story, p. 87.

With Her Feet Pointing Backward. In Vox: New Indian Fictions, ed. Jeet Thayil. Pp. 179-98. New Delhi: Sterling Publications.

1996

Cement. Verve 1 (1):122-127, 250-252.

1995

Participant Observation In Women Writing Culture. Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon, eds. Pp. 33-48. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Come Out and Serve. Anthropology and Humanism 20 (honorable mention for Society for Humanistic Anthropology Ethnographic Fiction competition).

1994

Love, Stars and All That: Selections. In Living in America: Poetry and Fiction by South Asian American Writers, ed. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns. Pp. 155-166. Boulder: Westview.

1990

Linking Continents. The Thatched Patio 3:1-21.