|List Editor Ashok R Chandran||22/10/2014|
This is Open Access Week. In recent years, academics in different parts of the world have got together and established low-cost Open Access academic presses/imprints. We can do the same for Kerala studies if academics are willing.
Technology is available. Society is waiting for academics to take charge of their own scholarship!
I am putting together a multi-disciplinary Working Group to increase open access scholarship on Kerala in the social sciences and humanities. If you would like to be a part of this Open Access in Kerala Studies (OAKS) initiative — as author, journal/series editor, peer reviewer, librarian, technology developer, or general volunteer — for producing open access journals, monographs, etc, please write to me at ashokrc…@gmail.com . Together let us work to increase good, freely accessible scholarship on Kerala.
Inviting your thoughts, concerns, expression of support, etc on open access, especially for studies on Kerala,
|List Editor Ashok R Chandran||10/02/2014|
From: List Editor (via UC Press website)
University of California Press offers free, public access to 700+ titles of e-books
Here’s one in Kerala Studies
Stuart Blackburn. 1996. Inside the Drama House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India
Publisher’s Description: Stuart Blackburn takes the reader inside a little-known form of shadow puppetry in this captivating work about performing the Tamil version of the Ramayana epic. Blackburn describes the skill and physical stamina of the puppeteers in Kerala state in South India as they perform all night for as many as ten weeks during the festival season. The fact that these performances often take place without an audience forms the starting point for Blackburn’s discussion – one which explores not only this important epic tale and its performance, but also the broader theoretical issues of text, interpretation, and audience.Blackburn demonstrates how the performers adapt the narrative and add their own commentary to re-create the story from a folk perspective. At a time when the Rama story is used to mobilize political movements in India, the puppeteers’ elaborate recitation and commentary presents this controversial tale from another ethical perspective, one that advocates moral reciprocity and balance.While the study of folk narrative has until now focused on tales, tellers, and tellings, this work explores the importance of audience–absent or otherwise. Blackburn’s elegant translations of the most dramatic and pivotal sequences of the story enhance our appreciation of this unique example of performance art.