Kirin Narayan

Kirin Narayan is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies in the School of Culture, History, and Language of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Her interests in oral traditions, religion, gender, creativity, and ethnographic writing reflect a concern with the social life of narratives. She is the author of Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching (1989); Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales (1997) in collaboration with Urmila Devi Sood, a Kangra storyteller; Love Stars and All That (1994), a novel and academic comedy; My Family and Other Saints (2007), a memoir of cross-cultural spiritual quests; and Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov (2012). She is also co-editor of Creativity/Anthropology (1993) and editor, with a new introduction, of a reissue of a pioneering nineteenth-century collection of Indian folktales, Mary Frere’s Old Deccan Days (2002). She is currently working on a book about everyday creativity and Kangra women’s songs.

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