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Narrating Creative Process

Narayan, Kirin

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How might stories about making things shed light on cultural theorizations of the creative process work? This essay draws on oral narratives about Vishwakarma�the �Universe Maker� and the ancestral deity of Hindu artisans�along with his sons, daughters, and legendary human descendants. In a range of localities, languages, and dialects across India, written and oral myths and legends affirm hereditary artisan castes� connections to the divine craftsman Vishwakarma, even as the individuals who...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNarayan, Kirin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:58:19Z
dc.identifier.issn2169-0235
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/60803
dc.description.abstractHow might stories about making things shed light on cultural theorizations of the creative process work? This essay draws on oral narratives about Vishwakarma�the �Universe Maker� and the ancestral deity of Hindu artisans�along with his sons, daughters, and legendary human descendants. In a range of localities, languages, and dialects across India, written and oral myths and legends affirm hereditary artisan castes� connections to the divine craftsman Vishwakarma, even as the individuals who retell such stories may now pursue different occupations. Such narratives, I argue, offer insights into shifting associations between deities and hereditary caste occupations in India, while also commenting on the pleasures and dangers of creativity.
dc.publisherWayne State University Press
dc.sourceNarrative Culture
dc.titleNarrating Creative Process
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume1
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4455832xPUB564
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNarayan, Kirin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage109
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage123
dc.date.updated2020-11-15T07:23:02Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85024904330
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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