Translating the Orient: The Reception of Sakuntala in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Translating the Orient: The Reception of Sakuntala in Nineteenth-Century Europe

by Dorothy M. Figueira

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Translating the Orient: The Reception of Sakuntala in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Dorothy M. Figueira

This book examines the emplotment of India in the Western literary imagination. Basing her discussion on the reception of an emblematic Sanskrit text, Kalidasa's SAakuntala, Figueira studies how and why this text was distorted in translation, criticism, and adaptation, and isolates the linguistic errors and cultural distortions that can be grouped into trends and patterns. The unique situation of SAakuntala's reception affords the author the opportunity to look at the way Europeans projected their cultural needs upon India.

The author puts into perspective an entire social and intellectual history of Europe's encounter with Indian culture, an examination of its cultural and political consequences, and a philosophical inquiry into differences between Eastern and Western world views.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791403273
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/28/1991
Series: SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Dorothy M. Figueira is Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

I. Background and Theoretical Considerations

II. Critical Reception and Methodology

III. Nineteenth-Century Translation Conventions

IV. An Introduction to the Sakuntala

V. Analysis of the Text

Act 5, Verses 1-3
Act 5, Verses 4-6
Act 5, Verses 23-27

VI. Errors in the Host Language: Grammatical Prejudices of the Sanskrit Language and the Horizon of the Text as a Nataka

VII. Dramatic Adaptations

VIII. Traduttore Traditore

IX. India a Source of Inspiration or an Alibi for Despair

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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