Hope’s Harvest: Wandering and the Poetics of ‘Getting By’ Among the Gandharva of Nepal

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Title: Hope’s Harvest: Wandering and the Poetics of ‘Getting By’ Among the Gandharva of Nepal
Author: Spray, Stephanie Anne
Citation: Spray, Stephanie Anne. 2016. Hope’s Harvest: Wandering and the Poetics of ‘Getting By’ Among the Gandharva of Nepal. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
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Abstract: Hope’s Harvest: Wandering and the poetics of ‘getting by’ among the Gandharva of Nepal is an ethnography of the occupational caste of musicians in Nepal known as the Gandharva that focuses on their artistry in music and life, in particular those adaptations of their musical tradition in rural and urban contexts that enable them to “get by” in contemporary Nepal. Much of the text focuses on those practices that Gandharva describe under the rubric of “wandering,” such as itinerant music performances and begging, as well as “walking business,” or street peddling in tourist neighborhoods in Nepal; it also attends to those Gandharva who live on the margins of their celebrated musical tradition to consider how other practices give their lives meaning and engender hope in spite of limited opportunities. This dissertation concerns how Gandharva men and women cope with hardship in the domains of action and imagination, through the jobs they perform and the ways they pass time and make it passable.
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