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The Quotidian RevolutionVernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India$
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Christian Lee Novetzke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175807

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001

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Traces of a Medieval Public

Traces of a Medieval Public

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(p.74) Chapter Two Traces of a Medieval Public
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The Quotidian Revolution
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Christian Lee Novetzke

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.003.0003

Uses the inscriptional record left by the Yadavas to counter a common assumption made by historians that Marathi vernacularization was underwritten by Yadava political support. I find no evidence for this widely held claim, but instead show how the royal court did appear to regard Marathi as a language of significant utility in accessing the vast quotidian “public” that surrounded and populated the Yadava realm. This allowed greater freedom for new religious communities to adopt Marathi as a means to reach a nonelite population. At the same time, the social value of literacy, a feature of the Brahminic ecumene, led the Brahmin figures at the center of literary vernacularization (Chakradhar, the early Mahanubhavs, Jnandev) to compose a new literature in Marathi.

Keywords:   Public, public culture, literary capita, literacy, religion

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