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Banâras Revisited: Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light ed. by István Keul (review)

Banâras Revisited: Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light ed. by István Keul (review) India BANÂRAS REVISITED: SCHOLARLY PILGRIMAGES TO THE CITY OF LIGHT. István Keul, ed. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014. pp. 283. 58.00; us$63.00. In 1982, Knopf published Harvard professor Diana L. Eck's Banaras: City of Light, a grand study of the Hinduism to be found in one of India's great cities. This book was republished the next year by Routledge and Princeton University Press, translated into German by 1989, published in India by Penguin in 1994, and republished by Columbia University Press in 1999, with a new introduction by the author--which is to say, Eck's book is a foundational text for the study of religion in India generally and of Banaras, this one über-religious city, particularly. Those of us for whom Eck's study was a point of entry cannot escape the significance of the title Banâras Revisited, though this new book, in spite of its highly suggestive title, mutes its consciousness of Eck's presence. Eck's name does not appear in the book's index, which is to say that this book is not about Eck, nor deliberately a response to her work. Nevertheless, Eck's City of Light appears in the bibliographies of seven of the book's eighteen contributed essays, four of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Banâras Revisited: Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light ed. by István Keul (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 33 (1) – Mar 11, 2016

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India BANÂRAS REVISITED: SCHOLARLY PILGRIMAGES TO THE CITY OF LIGHT. István Keul, ed. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014. pp. 283. 58.00; us$63.00. In 1982, Knopf published Harvard professor Diana L. Eck's Banaras: City of Light, a grand study of the Hinduism to be found in one of India's great cities. This book was republished the next year by Routledge and Princeton University Press, translated into German by 1989, published in India by Penguin in 1994, and republished by Columbia University Press in 1999, with a new introduction by the author--which is to say, Eck's book is a foundational text for the study of religion in India generally and of Banaras, this one über-religious city, particularly. Those of us for whom Eck's study was a point of entry cannot escape the significance of the title Banâras Revisited, though this new book, in spite of its highly suggestive title, mutes its consciousness of Eck's presence. Eck's name does not appear in the book's index, which is to say that this book is not about Eck, nor deliberately a response to her work. Nevertheless, Eck's City of Light appears in the bibliographies of seven of the book's eighteen contributed essays, four of

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 11, 2016

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