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Bibliography on Darsan


Compiled by Ginni Ishimatsu

Many thanks to Mark Elmore, Doug Berger and everyone else for the great  references.  


 Babb, Lawrence. "Glancing: Visual Interaction in Hinduism." Journal of  Anthropological Research 37 (1981):  387-401.

Babb, Lawrence A., Susan S. Wadley, Joint Committee on South Asia, and  American Council of Learned Societies.  Media and the Transformation of  Religion in South Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,  1995.

Cort, John.  "The Jina as King."  In Vasantagauravam:  Essays in  Jainism Felicitating Professor M. D. Vasantha Raj of Mysore on the  Occasion of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday, ed. Jayandra Soni (Mumbai:   Vakils, Feffer and Simons, 2001). --deals with contextualizing darsan both in terms of time and place.

Davis, Richard H.  Lives of Indian Images.  Princeton, NJ:  Princeton  University, 1997.

Eck, Diana L.  Darsan:  Seeing the Divine Image in India.  3d ed.  New  York: Columbia University, 1998.

Grimes, John A.  "Darsana," in The Hindu World, ed. Sushil Mittal &  Gene Thursby.  New York:  Routledge, 2004.

Halbfass, Wilhelm.  India and Europe: An Essay in Understanding.   Albany:  State University of New York, 1988. Chap. ?:  "Darsana, Anviksiki, Philosophy, pp. 263-287; Chap. 16: "The  Adoption of the Concept of Philosophy in Modern Hinduism," especially  section 17-24, pp. 300-306.             **see note at end of list.

Inglis, Stephen. "Suitable for Framing: The Work of a Modern Master."  In Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia, ed. Lawrence  Babb and Susan Wadley. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,  1995.

Jain, Kajri. "The Efficacious Image: Pictures and Power in Indian Mass  Culture." Polygraph 12 (2000): 159-86.

---. "More Than Meets the Eye: The Circulation of Images and the  Embodiment of Values." Contributions to Indian Sociology 36, no. 1  (2002).

---. "Producing the Sacred: The Subjects of Calendar Art."  Journal of  Art and Ideas 30-31 (1997): 63-88.

Pinney, Christopher.  Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian  Photographs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

---.  Photos of the Gods: The Printed Image and Political Struggle in  India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Pinney, Christopher and Rachel Dwyer, eds.  Pleasure and the Nation:   The History, Politics and Consumption of Public Culture in India.   Oxford:  Oxford University Press:  2001.

Ramaswamy, Sumathi.  Beyond Appearances? Visual Practices and  Ideologies in Modern India.  Contributions to Indian Sociology  Occasional Studies 10. New Delhi; Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2003.

Smith, H. Daniel. "Impact of 'God Posters' on Hindus and Their  Devotional Traditions." In Media and the Transformation of Religion in  South Asia, ed. Lawrence Babb and Susan Wadley. Philadelphia:   University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.

Yocum, Glenn.  "The Vision of Shiva: The Strange Case of  Kannappanayanar and His Eyes." Dialogue and Alliance 3, no. 2 (Summer  1989): 41-51.



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