Rethinking the Mahabharata: A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King

Rethinking the Mahabharata: A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King

by Alf Hiltebeitel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226340546

ISBN-13: 9780226340548

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


The ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition produced no text more intriguing, or more persistently misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of scholars and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. In Rethinking the Mahabharata, Alf Hiltebeitel offers a unique model for understanding the great epic. Employing a wide…  See more details below

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The ancient Indian Sanskrit tradition produced no text more intriguing, or more persistently misunderstood or underappreciated, than the Mahabharata. Its intricacies have waylaid generations of scholars and ignited dozens of unresolved debates. In Rethinking the Mahabharata, Alf Hiltebeitel offers a unique model for understanding the great epic. Employing a wide range of literary and narrative theory, Hiltebeitel draws on historical and comparative research in an attempt to discern the spirit and techniques behind the epic's composition. He focuses on the education of Yudhisthira, called the Dharma King, and shows how the relationship of this figure to others-especially his author-grandfather Vyasa and his wife Draupadi-provides a thread through the bewildering array of frames and stories embedded within stories. Hiltebeitel also offers a revisionist theory regarding the dating and production of the original text and its relation to the Veda. No ordinary reader's guide, this volume will illuminate many wonders of this enigmatic masterpiece.

This work is the fourth volume in Hiltebeitel's study of the Draupadi cult. Other volumes include Mythologies: From Gingee to Kuruksetra (Volume One), On Hindu Ritual and the Goddess (Volume Two), and Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics (Volume Three).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226340548
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Conventions
1Introduction1
2The Author in the Works32
3Conventions of the Naimisa Forest92
4Moving along with the Naimiseya Rsis131
5Don't Be Cruel177
6Listening to Nala and Damayanti215
7Draupadi's Question240
8Vyasa and Suka: An Allegory of Writing278
Abbreviations323
Bibliography325
Index351

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