Authority, Anxiety, and Canon: Essays in Vedic Interpretation

Authority, Anxiety, and Canon: Essays in Vedic Interpretation

by Laurie L. Patton
     
 

ISBN-10: 079141938X

ISBN-13: 9780791419380

Pub. Date: 07/28/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Authority, Anxiety, and Canon elucidates a principle fundamental to Hinduism’s self-understanding—the Veda—while at the same time examining the methodological issues of the role of canon in religious tradition. Spanning the early periods of Indian religious history up to the twentieth century, the book combines theoretical sophistication and

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Authority, Anxiety, and Canon elucidates a principle fundamental to Hinduism’s self-understanding—the Veda—while at the same time examining the methodological issues of the role of canon in religious tradition. Spanning the early periods of Indian religious history up to the twentieth century, the book combines theoretical sophistication and detailed scholarship to produce one of the first comprehensive works on Vedic interpretation since Louis Renou’s Le Destin Du Veda.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419380
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1994
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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