Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1987
Professor of Anthropology
At UW-Madison since 1989
Affiliations : Folklore Program, Religious Studies Program, and Center for South Asia
Professor Narayan has engaged in long-term fieldwork on oral traditions in South Asia, and has researched the South Asian diaspora, and the role of narratives in the transmission of identity. She is also working on making explicit the craft of ethnographic writing in dialogue with other narrative genres. Please see the list of books and articles for further information.
Professor Narayan teaches courses that include Anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of Life Stories, Anthropological Approaches to Folklore, Indian Folklore, South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Americans: An Ethnographic Approach, Ethnographic Writing
Selected Books - More information and Articles
2012 Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2007 My Family and Other Saints. New Delhi: Harper Collins. (American edition publication in 2007, University of Chicago Press)
2002 Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends by Mary Frere . Edited with an introduction by Kirin Narayan. (reprint of Old Deccan Days or Hindoo Fairy Legends Current in South India , fifth ed. 1898). Series in Classic Folk and Fairy Tales, Jack Zipes, Series Editor. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio.
1997 Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales in collaboration with Urmila Devi Sood. New York: Oxford University Press.
1994 Love, Stars and All That . New York: Pocket Books. New Delhi: Penguin India. London: Piatkus Books.
1993 Creativity/Anthropology . Smadar Lavie, Kirin Narayan and Renato Rosaldo, eds. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
1989 Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching . Series in Contemporary Ethnography, and Publication of the American Folklore Society, New Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas. (Winner of the 1990 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing, American Anthropological Association, and co-winner of the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize for Folklore, American Folklore Society.)
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