Authority, Anxiety, and Canon: Essays in Vedic Interpretation

Authority, Anxiety, and Canon: Essays in Vedic Interpretation

by Laurie L. Patton
     
 
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

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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.

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“What a feast these essays provide! Together they constitute the most sophisticated yet accessible volume I have come across in years. There are moments in reading when I simply had to pause to write the word ‘stunning’ and to ponder the implications of what the author had just said.” — Thomas B. Coburn, St. Lawrence University

“This anthology assembles a series of superbly researched and written articles around the theme of authority and anxiety as it displays itself in the Hindu tradition. The authors are the best of the generation of young scholars now establishing or having established their names in the field. There is a very good level of conversation among the articles, and the editor’s introduction does an exceptionally clear and compelling job of setting forth the issues of canon and authority with respect to the place of the Vedas in traditional Hindu culture and modern Western scholarly and Hindu traditions. The volume is well crafted, coherent, and well written.” — Paul B. Courtright, Emory University

Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419373
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/01/1994
Series:
SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
Pages:
334

Meet the Author

Laurie L. Patton is Assistant Professor of Asian Religions at Bard College.

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