New books on caste and power in the Pancatantra

Mahendra Kumar Mishra mkmfolk at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 22 05:38:25 UTC 2007

 Dear  Taylor,
  May  i request you to send a copy of the  book  caste   and power
in  the panchatantra .I am   an Indian fiolklorist   and want to
read  the books, and review this.
  I hope  that  you  will sure take interest  to have an  Indian
reader and reviewer  of your book.
 To know my  folklore  work  in India  kindly have a glance at my web  site :
 with  best regards, mahendra  mishra

On 8/22/07, McComas Taylor <mccomas.taylor at> wrote:
> Dear friends
> I am pleased to announce the publication of my book 'The Fall of the
> Indigo Jackal: The Discourse of Division and Purnabhadra's Pancatantra',
> by SUNY Press. Thanks to all those kind colleagues on the Indology list
> who have supported me in this project over the past five years.
> <>
> Details:
> Extract from publisher's blurb:
> "In this book, McComas Taylor looks at the discourses that give shape
> and structure to the fall of the indigo jackal and the other tales
> within the /Pancatantra./ The work's fictional metasociety of animals,
> kings, and laundrymen are divided according to their /jati,/ or "kind."
> This discourse of caste holds that individuals' essential natures,
> statuses, and social circles are all determined by their birth. Taylor
> applies contemporary critical theory developed by Foucault, Bourdieu,
> Barthes, and others to show how these ideas are related to other
> Sanskritic master-texts, and describes the "regime of truth" that
> provides validation for the discourse of division."
> --
> ===============================
> Dr McComas Taylor
> Head, South Asia Centre
> Faculty of Asian Studies
> The Australian National University
> ACTON ACT 0200
> Tel: +61 2 6125 3179
> Fax: +61 2 6125 8326
> Email: mccomas.taylor at
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