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AAR Religion in Translation

The Subhedar's Son

A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra

Deepra Dandekar

The Subhedar's Son

AAR Religion in Translation

The Subhedar's Son

A Narrative of Brahmin-Christian Conversion from Nineteenth-century Maharashtra

AAR Religion in Translation: The Subhedar's Son

 

This is an annotated translation of an award-winning 1895 Marathi novel entitled The Subhedar's Son by the Rev. Dinkar Shankar Sawarkar. The novel provides a blueprint of what a Brahminical journey towards Christian conversion encompassed.


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Beschrijving AAR Religion in Translation: The Subhedar's Son

The 19th century was a pioneering age for vernacular texts in India. Vernacular writings became popular for making the 'first' interventions of their kind, written by Indians for Indians, and establishing new genres such as the novel. The Subhedar's Son, an award-winning Marathi novel, was written in 1895 and published by the Bombay Tract and Book Society. The novel comprises overlapping personal and political trajectories.The author, The Rev. Dinkar Shankar Sawarkar, inscribed multiple viewpoints into his narrative, including that of his own father, the Shankar Nana (1819-1884), a Brahmin who was one of the early converts of the Church Missionary Society in Western India and served the CMS and the Anglican Church in various capacities for many years. Apart from Shankar Nana's conversion-story, Sawarkar provides readers with a blueprint of what a Brahminical journey towards Christian conversion encompassed, while describing his personal background of having lived a Christian life as a product of both Brahminism and Christianity. He in effect attempts to deconstruct Brahmanism through Christianity and as a Christian he claims Brahmin roots, with the aim of combatting the stigma of Christian conversion. Contextualized by the history of Maharashtra's early missions and the specificities of individual conversions, the novel allows modern researchers to appreciate the particularity of regional and vernacular Indian Christianity. This culturally-specific Christianity spurred the production of Christian vernacular print culture, associating 'being Marathi' with broader and more universal frameworks of Christianity. But this new genre also produced nativist forms of Christian devotion and piety. Deepra Dandekar introduces this annotated translation of The Subhedar's Son, with: an examination of the Church Missionary Society's socio- political context; a biography of Shankar Nana gleaned from archival sources; a brief summary of Sawarkar's biography; and an analysis of the multiple political opinions framing the book. An appendix contains a transcription of Shankar Nana's Christian witness.


ISBN
9780190914042
Pagina's
268
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Serie
AAR Religion in Translation
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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