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
  • History
  • 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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  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Occasional Papers on History and Society

The Gospel of Ramakrishna) (hereafter cited in the text as K followed by the volume and page numbers), Calcutta: Kathamrita Bhavan, various editions

  • 1956

See, for instance, letter to Alasinga Perumal

    Publication dates for the volumes I have cited are as follows

    • Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (hereafter cited in the text as CWV
    • 1972

    Chakri and Bhakti'; see also essays 5, 6 and 8 in Sarkar

      See, for instance, his letter to Swami Ramakrishnananda

        Ramakrishna's spiritual title Paramahamsa means literally 'supreme swan' or, unkindly

          Memoirs of Swami Adbhutananda