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Authority, Anxiety, and Canon: Essays in Vedic Interpretation

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Ten essays engage the theoretical question of canonicity in relation to the Vedas, and the historical question of the continuation, appropriation, or rejection of Vedic authority in different forms of Indian religion and literature from the earliest times to the present. Paper edition 1938-X, $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791419380
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334

Table of Contents

Preface
Wendy Doniger

Introduction
Laurie L. Patton

Part One: The Vedas Reflect on Themselves

1. The Mastery of Speech
Canonicity and Control in the Vedas
David Carpenter

2. Veda in the Brahmanas
Cosmogonic Paradigms and the Delimitation of Canon
Barbara A. Holdrege

3. The Veda and the Authority of Class
Reduplicating Structures of Veda and Varna in Ancient Indian Texts
Brian K. Smith

Part Two: The Vedas in Classical Discourse

4. Puranaveda
Frederick M. Smith

5. From Anxiety to Bliss

Argument, Care, and Responsibility in the Vedanta Reading of Taittiriya 2.1-6a
Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

6. "Whither the Thick Sweetness of Their Passion?"
The Search for Vedic Origins of Sanskrit Drama
David L. Gitomer

Part Three: The Vedas in Modernity and Beyond

7. The Authority of an Absent Text
The Veda, Upangas, Upavedas, and Upnekhata in European Thought
Dorothy M. Figueira

8. From Interpretation to Reform
Dayanand's Reading of the Vedas
John E. Llewellyn

9. Redefining the Authority of Scripture
The Rejection of Vedic Infallibility by the Brahmo Samaj
Anantanand Rambachan

10. Poets and Fishes
Modern Indian Interpretations of the Vedic Rishi
Laurie L. Patton

Afterword
Laurie L. Patron

Contributors

Index

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