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Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India

Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India

by Andrew Ollett
Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India

Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India

by Andrew Ollett

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"Andrew Ollett's book is one of those scholarly breakthroughs that happen, with luck, once or twice in a generation. It reveals the richness of Prakrit language and literary modes with a precision and depth of insight never seen before; and it radically reformulates the relations between these multiple Prakrit domains and the cultural roles of classical Sanskrit, now seen to be profoundly, indeed inextricably, bound up with Prakrit and with all that Prakrit means for the way language is understood in ancient and medieval South Asia."—David Shulman, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University

"Ollett offers a brilliant, original, and thoroughly engaging investigation of the complex language order of premodern India. Bringing to the fore the less-studied role of the literary Prakrits, his work makes a major contribution to our understanding of the history of language and literature in early India and beyond."—R. P. Goldman, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor in Sanskrit and India Studies, University of California, Berkeley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520296220
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: South Asia Across the Disciplines
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Andrew Ollett works on the literary and intellectual traditions of premodern India.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Acknowledgments

1. Prakrit in the Language Order of India
2. Inventing Prakrit: The Languages of Power
3. Inventing Prakrit: The Languages of Literature
4. The Forms of Prakrit Literature
5. Figuring Prakrit
6. Knowing Prakrit
7. Forgetting Prakrit

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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