Christian Lee Novetzke, University of Washington
The Political Theology of Bhakti, or When Devotionalism Meets Vernacularization
Bhakti is an old idea, but it becomes something new when combined with the communicative possibilities of vernacular literary and public expression. When the two met, a new public field of discourse opened up, a nascent public sphere, a precursor to the modern public sphere. What was the ethics of this new public discourse created when bhakti met the vernacular? What “theology” of bhakti came to inform and shape the cultural politics of the nascent vernacular public sphere?