No One Cries for the Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs, and Graveyard Petitions
"A vivid, well-written, and deeply insightful ethnography."--Kirin Narayan, author of "Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels" "This is a book of true ... Show synopsis "A vivid, well-written, and deeply insightful ethnography."--Kirin Narayan, author of "Storytellers, Saints, and Scoundrels" "This is a book of true creative insight, originality, and extraordinarily rich materials. Clark-Deces shows a gift for finding and articulating very central, evocative cultural issues in her study of Tamil laments. She writes with sensitivity and care, and with a certain daring and boldness that repay close attention."--David Shulman, author of "Classical Telugu Poetry" "A stunning ethnographic essay."--Alan Dundes, author of "Two Tales of Crow and Sparrow" "In this book, Isabelle Clark-Deces gives us a clear-eyed view of the bond between the state of untouchability in India, and the pain of death and irretrievable loss. This is not a distanced work: the reader is always right there with the people Clark-Deces writes about; one can see them and hear their voices as one reads. The author also achieves some powerful theoretical insights that go beyond the words and other communicative acts of her informants."--Margaret Trawick, Professor of Social Anthropology, Massey University, New Zealand, and author of "Notes on Love in a Tamil Family"