Sri Ramakrishna, the Kathamrita and the Calcutta middle classes: an old problematic revisited

  title={Sri Ramakrishna, the Kathamrita and the Calcutta middle classes: an old problematic revisited},
  author={Amiya P. Sen},
  journal={Postcolonial Studies},
  pages={165 - 177}
  • Amiya P. Sen
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Sociology
  • Postcolonial Studies
In a well-known essay of 1976, Walter G Neevel alerted us to certain ‘transformations’ in the Bengali mystic, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836 /1886). The three transformations that Neevel speaks of were effected, if one reads him correctly, not so much on account of Ramakrishna himself as despite him. The first*/the transformation of the ‘madman’ of the early years to the benign, saintly figure of the later years*/appears to have been brought about more by shifting public gaze than some… 
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I have discussed this point at greater length in the first of my Three Essays on Sri Ramakrishna and His Times
  • 2001
Vivekananda's Ramakrishna: An Untold Story of Myth-making and Propaganda
  • Numen
  • 1993
Publication dates for the volumes I have cited are as follows
  • Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (hereafter cited in the text as CWV
  • 1972
Sri Ramakrishna and the Spiritual Renaissance in India
  • The Cultural Heritage of India
  • 1956
The Gospel of Ramakrishna) (hereafter cited in the text as K followed by the volume and page numbers), Calcutta: Kathamrita Bhavan, various editions
  • 1956
A Religion of Urban Domesticity: Sri Ramakrishna and the Calcutta Middle Classes
  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Papers on History and Society
Chakri and Bhakti'; see also essays 5, 6 and 8 in Sarkar
Gospel of Ramakrishna' (A Review)