12 September 2007
LEELA PRASAD WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE
LEELA PRASAD's ETHICS IN EVERYDAY HINDU LIFE: Narrative and Tradition in a South Indian Town has been awarded the American Academy of Religion's 2007 prize for the "Best First Book in the History of Religions." In this book she draws on a decade of ethnography in Sringeri, the pilgrimage town in South India, to explore relationships between oral narrative, ethical discourse, and the poetics of everyday language.
Leela Prasad is Associate Professor of Ethics and Indian Religions at Duke University, and is currently writing her second monograph, titled ANNOTATING PASTIMES: Cultures of Narration in Colonial India.
Hardback / 290 pp / ISBN 81-7824-192-7 / Rs 595 / Copublished with Columbia University Press.