2. "In-Between" Religiosity: European Kāli-bhakti in Early Modern Calcutta

Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World - Philippe Bornet

Gautam Chakrabarti [+-]
Freie Universität Berlin
Gautam Chakrabarti is an Assistant Lecturer in Comparative Literature and “Berlin and German Studies” at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he has been a DRS-HONORS Postdoctoral Fellow (2014/15). In 2016, he represented the DAAD-funded Thematic Network “Principles of Cultural Dynamics”, FUB, as a Global Humani­ties Junior Research and Teaching Fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His PhD dissertation, “Introducing European Drama in Early Modern India,” supervised by Prof. J. Küpper, is currently in preparation for press. He has taught English Literature and Culture Studies at various universities in India, and has also researched and taught in Finland, Russia, Poland and the Baltic States. He was Visiting Lecturer at a couple of universities and institutes in St Petersburg, Russia (Winter 2008/09). His primary research interests are in comparative literary-cultural history and world literature.

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Anthony Firingee (Antōnī Phiringī) originally Hensman Anthony (?-1836), was a folk-poet/bard, who, despite being of Portuguese origin, was married to a Hindu Brahmin widow and famous for his much-feted devotional songs, addressed to the Goddesses Kāli and Durgā, in Bengali towards the beginning of the 19th century. In this chapter, the literary-cultural construction of a religious hybridity, operating between and cross-fertilising Indo-European cultural conjunctions, is examined through the study of individual, ‘in-between’ religious agency and literary-cultural borrowings.

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Chakrabarti, Gautam . 2. "In-Between" Religiosity: European Kāli-bhakti in Early Modern Calcutta. Translocal Lives and Religion - Connections between Asia and Europe in the Late Modern World. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781795835. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31740. Date accessed: 23 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31740. Oct 2018

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