Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia

Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia

by Sheldon Pollock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520228219

ISBN-13: 9780520228214

Pub. Date: 05/19/2003

Publisher: University of California Press


A grand synthesis of unprecedented scope, Literary Cultures in History is the first comprehensive history of the rich literary traditions of South Asia. Together these traditions are unmatched in their combination of antiquity, continuity, and multicultural complexity, and are a unique resource for understanding the development of language and imagination…  See more details below

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A grand synthesis of unprecedented scope, Literary Cultures in History is the first comprehensive history of the rich literary traditions of South Asia. Together these traditions are unmatched in their combination of antiquity, continuity, and multicultural complexity, and are a unique resource for understanding the development of language and imagination over time. In this unparalleled volume, an international team of renowned scholars considers fifteen South Asian literary traditions—including Hindi, Indian-English, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Urdu—in their full historical and cultural variety.

The volume is united by a twofold theoretical aim: to understand South Asia by looking at it through the lens of its literary cultures and to rethink the practice of literary history by incorporating non-Western categories and processes. The questions these seventeen essays ask are accordingly broad, ranging from the character of cosmopolitan and vernacular traditions to the impact of colonialism and independence, indigenous literary and aesthetic theory, and modes of performance. A sophisticated assimilation of perspectives from experts in anthropology, political science, history, literary studies, and religion, the book makes a landmark contribution to historical cultural studies and to literary theory in addition to the new perspectives it offers on what literature has meant in South Asia.

(Available in South Asia from Oxford University Press--India)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520228214
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/19/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1105
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgments
Guide to Pronunciation
Introduction
1Sanskrit Literary Culture from the Inside Out39
2The Culture and Politics of Persian in Precolonial Hindustan131
3The Historical Formation of Indian-English Literature199
4Three Moments in the Genealogy of Tamil Literary Culture271
5Critical Tensions in the History of Kannada Literary Culture323
6Multiple Literary Cultures in Telugu: Court, Temple, and Public383
7Genre and Society: The Literary Culture of Premodern Kerala437
8The Two Histories of Literary Culture in Bengal503
9From Hemacandra to Hind Svaraj: Region and Power in Gujarati Literary Culture567
10At the Crossroads of Indic and Iranian Civilizations: Sindhi Literary Culture612
11What Is Literature in Pali?649
12Works and Persons in Sinhala Literary Culture689
13The Indian Literary Identity in Tibet747
14A Long History of Urdu Literary Culture, Part 1: Naming and Placing a Literary Culture805
15A Long History of Urdu Literary Culture, Part 2: Histories, Performances, and Masters864
16The Progress of Hindi, Part 1: The Development of a Transregional Idiom912
17The Progress of Hindi, Part 2: Hindi and the Nation958
Index1023

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