Literary Cultures in History: Reconstructions from South Asia
University of California Press, May 19, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 1066 pages
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)
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Sanskrit Literary Culture from the Inside Out
The Culture and Politics of Persian in Precolonial Hindustan
The Historical Formation of IndianEnglish Literature
Three Moments in the Genealogy of Tamil Literary Culture
Critical Tensions in the History of Kannada Literary Culture
Court Temple and Public
The Two Histories of Literary Culture in Bengal
Region and Power in Gujarati Literary Culture
buddhist cultures and south asian literatures
Works and Persons in Sinhala Literary Culture
The Indian Literary Identity in Tibet
the twinned histories of urdu and hindi
The Progress of Hindi Part
The Literary Culture of Premodern Kerala
Other editions - View all
Common terms and phrases
aesthetic aiva anthology appear Asian become beginning Brahman British called century chapter close colonial composed concern context continued court created critical Delhi discourse discussion earlier early Edited English epic especially example existence expression fact genre imagination important included Indian Indian-English inscriptions Institute Jain Kannada kavya kind king language late later learned linguistic liter literary culture literature lived major meaning Mughal Muhammad narrative noted oral original particular period Persian poem poet poetic poetry political pollock position practice Prakrit Press produced question reader refer regional relation religious represented rule sanskrit literary culture scholars sense shows social South South Asia story structure Studies style suggests Tamil Tamil literary Telugu temple texts textual theory tion tradition translation understanding University University Press vernacular verses vols writing written wrote