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Leela Prasad

Professor of Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Box 90964, 118C Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
118C Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours on leave, 2023-24  

Selected Publications


"Finding Anna"

Journal Article Critical Muslim · 2023 Open Access Link to item Cite

The Audacious Raconteur: Sovereignty and Storytelling in Colonial India

Book · November 15, 2020 Can a subject be sovereign in a hegemony? Can creativity be reined in by forces of empire? Studying closely the oral narrations and writings of four Indian authors in colonial India, The Audacious Raconteur argues that even the most hegemonic circumstances ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Ethical Resonance: The Concept, the Practice, and the Narration

Journal Article Journal of Religious Ethics · June 1, 2019 This essay defines ethical resonance through an ethnographic interlude that paves the way for a broader theorization of the concept. It begins by contextually recounting the story of an individual who had stayed at Sevagram, Mahatma Gandhi’s last ashram in ... Full text Cite

Nameless in history: when the imperial English become the subjects of Hindu narrative

Journal Article South Asian History and Culture · October 2, 2017 This article analyses an intriguing unfinished long narrative poem published in 1894 about the ‘origin and rise’ of the English empire in India. Written in Sanskrit by eminent literary scholar, P. V. Ramaswami Raju, Sreemat Rajangala Mahodyanam (The Great ... Full text Cite

Co-being, a praxis of the public: Lessons from hindu devotional (bhakti) narrative, arendt, and gandhi

Journal Article Journal of the American Academy of Religion · March 1, 2017 Most controversies about religious representation enact conceptions of the public that construct boundaries which stridently mark insiders and outsiders, friends and foes, or practice and theory. This article begins with a controversy in California over re ... Full text Open Access Cite

Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border

Journal Article JOURNAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE · 2017 Cite

Raja Nal and the Goddess: The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance

Other Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East · 2006 Cite

"Finding Anna"

Journal Article Critical Muslim · 2023 Open Access Link to item Cite

The Audacious Raconteur: Sovereignty and Storytelling in Colonial India

Book · November 15, 2020 Can a subject be sovereign in a hegemony? Can creativity be reined in by forces of empire? Studying closely the oral narrations and writings of four Indian authors in colonial India, The Audacious Raconteur argues that even the most hegemonic circumstances ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Ethical Resonance: The Concept, the Practice, and the Narration

Journal Article Journal of Religious Ethics · June 1, 2019 This essay defines ethical resonance through an ethnographic interlude that paves the way for a broader theorization of the concept. It begins by contextually recounting the story of an individual who had stayed at Sevagram, Mahatma Gandhi’s last ashram in ... Full text Cite

Nameless in history: when the imperial English become the subjects of Hindu narrative

Journal Article South Asian History and Culture · October 2, 2017 This article analyses an intriguing unfinished long narrative poem published in 1894 about the ‘origin and rise’ of the English empire in India. Written in Sanskrit by eminent literary scholar, P. V. Ramaswami Raju, Sreemat Rajangala Mahodyanam (The Great ... Full text Cite

Co-being, a praxis of the public: Lessons from hindu devotional (bhakti) narrative, arendt, and gandhi

Journal Article Journal of the American Academy of Religion · March 1, 2017 Most controversies about religious representation enact conceptions of the public that construct boundaries which stridently mark insiders and outsiders, friends and foes, or practice and theory. This article begins with a controversy in California over re ... Full text Open Access Cite

Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border

Journal Article JOURNAL OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE · 2017 Cite

Raja Nal and the Goddess: The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance

Other Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East · 2006 Cite

Text, tradition, and imagination: Evoking the normative in everyday hindu life

Journal Article Numen · January 1, 2006 For over two thousand years, the notion of ®stra has had an astonishing presence in Hindu normative thought and culture, and ®stras, as codifications of knowledge, have been composed in virtually every aspect of life from love and politics to thieving and ... Full text Cite

Conversational Narrative and the Moral Self:

Journal Article Journal of Religious Ethics · March 2004 ABSTRACTThis article presents material from my ethnographic study in Śringēri, south India, the site of a powerful 1200‐year‐old Advaitic monastery that has been historically an interpreter of ancient Hindu moral treatises. ... Full text Cite