Author: David ShulmanPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 383ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195652371
The essays collected in this volume explore central problems found in Sanskrit literature and in the classical literatures of south India. The author offers an innovative approach to the latent poetics of medieval poetry in Tamil and in Telugu.What is the nature of the poetic voice? What kind of experience is at stake? How does poetic language come to embody truth? How is this truth conceived by the poeticians and theoreticians who produced grammars of poetic perception and effect?In this book, the author offers an innovative approach to the latent poetics of medieval poetry in Tamil and in Telugu, where the poet turns out to be very close to a magician or sorcerer, and the project of poetry is to induce or intensify the presence of God. Several essays deal with the theory of self and the organization of the internal world of imagination, forgetting, and memory in these classical literatures.This book will be welcomed by scholars and specialists of medieval south Indian and Sanskrit literature.
Introduction1. AUTHORITY, STRUCTURE, VOICETowards a Historical Poetics of the Sanskrit EpicsThe Yaksa's QuestionsPoets and Patrons in Tamil Literature and Literary LegendFrom Author to Non-Author in Tamil Literary Legend2 SELVES, MEMBERED AND REMEMBEREDOn Being Human in the Sanskrit Epic: The Riddle of NalaEmbracing the Subject: Harsa's Play within a PlayThe Prospects of MemoryDreaming the Self in South India3 METAPHYSICS OF PRESENCEBhavabhuti on Cruelty and CompassionFire and Flood: The Testing of Sita in Kampan's IramavataramFirst Man, Forest Mother: Telugu Humanism in the Age of KrsnadevarayaDoes God Have Moods?