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Articles By Ethnography


Known to be a modern litterateur, nonetheless, Phanishwar Nath Renu’s (1921–77) oeuvre presents a curious case due to its continuity with regional folklore. A sense of creative ambivalence about the binaries of modernity and tradition, objectivity and subjectivity gets reflected in the literary style and methodological reflexivity of Renu. Construing Renu thus becomes an interpretative engagement that unfolds a totality of sensorium, which the poet Nagarjuna wittily deemed to be a veritable serbet. In that wake, this paper unravels an ontological terrain in Renu’s works in order to bring to the fore a hermeneutics of sound sensorium conducive to methodological progression in sociology, challenging the prevalent ways of seeing in social sciences and humanities in India.