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The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

Christian Lee Novetzke


In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this new Marathi literature inaugurated a public debate over the ethics of social difference grounded in the idiom of everyday life. The arguments of vernacular intellectuals pushed the question of social inclusion into ever-wider social realms, spearheading the development of a nascent premodern public sphere that valorized the quotidian world in sociopolitical terms. The Quotidian Revolution examines ... More

Keywords: everyday life, vernacularization, caste, gender, public sphere, India, Religion, Literature, Bhakti, public culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231175807
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Lee Novetzke, author
University of Washington