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Western Classics, Indian Classics: Postcolonial Contestations

Harish Trivedi

in Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199296101
eISBN:
9780191712135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296101.003.0017
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter situates post-colonial discussion in modern critical contexts. It contests any assumption that there is a seamless progression from colonial to post-colonial, either in terms of ... More


Stotra as Kāvya

Hamsa Stainton

in Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190889814
eISBN:
9780190889845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190889814.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter investigates the relationship between Sanskrit hymns of praise and classical Sanskrit literature. It first surveys the complicated and often ambiguous position of stotras within Sanskrit ... More


Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794

Michael J. Franklin

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199532001
eISBN:
9780191730900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532001.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History, British and Irish Modern History

Sir William Jones (1746–94), poet, philologist, polymath, polyglot, and acknowledged legislator was the foremost Orientalist of his generation and one of the greatest intellectual navigators of all ... More


Writing State and Order

Pankaj Jha

in A Political History of Literature: Vidyapati and the Fifteenth Century

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780199489558
eISBN:
9780199095360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199489558.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History, Cultural History

Careful documentation is an integral part of modern state system today. This development in medieval India is most visibly associated with Persian language and its patrons: Delhi Sultanate and the ... More


The Cloud of Longing: A New Translation and Eco-Aesthetic Study of Kalidasa's Meghaduta

E. H. Rick Jarow

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197566633
eISBN:
9780197566671
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197566633.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Cloud of Longing is a full-length study and translation of the great Sanskrit poet Kālidāsa’s famed Meghadūta (literally: The Cloud Messenger) with a focus on its interfacing of nature, feeling, ... More


Introduction

Christopher R. Austin

in Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190054113
eISBN:
9780190054144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190054113.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter presents to the reader the initial and rudimentary facts about Kṛṣṇa’s son Pradyumna, and offers a hypothesis on why this figure of Hindu mythology has been so poorly studied. This ... More


Liquid Meaning in Sanskrit Poetics

E. H. Rick Jarow

in The Cloud of Longing: A New Translation and Eco-Aesthetic Study of Kalidasa's Meghaduta

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780197566633
eISBN:
9780197566671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197566633.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter three surveys classical Indian literary theory and looks at how rasa (liquid meaning) became considered to be the goal of the literary work of art. The chapter considers a vision of the ... More


Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara

Christopher R. Austin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190054113
eISBN:
9780190054144
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190054113.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This monograph provides the first full-scale English language study of Pradyumna, the son of the Hindu god Kṛṣṇa. Often represented as a young man in mid-adolescence, Pradyumna is both a handsome ... More


Conquering Death Through Ritual

Patricia Sauthoff

in Illness and Immortality: Mantra, Mandala, and Meditation in the Netra Tantra

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780197553268
eISBN:
9780197553299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197553268.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 7 traces the historical development of possession to argue in favor of a literary tradition that undermines the argument that such beliefs were only held by the disempowered. It shows that ... More


Rings of Rejection and Recognition in Ancient India 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines three separate but related bodies of mythology in classical Sanskrit literature, each of which deals with the theme of sexual rejection and recognition. In all three cycles, a ... More


King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India: Kautilya's Arthasastra

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199891825
eISBN:
9780190258344
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199891825.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book presents an English translation of Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra (AŚ) along with detailed endnotes. When it was discovered around 1905, the AŚ was described as perhaps the most precious work in ... More


Science of Elephants in Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra

Patrick Olivelle

in Conflict, Negotiation, and Coexistence: Rethinking Human–Elephant Relations in South Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199467228
eISBN:
9780199087570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467228.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History, Environmental History

This chapter makes a major contribution to our understanding of Sanskrit elephant lore. Unlike other scholarship that has focussed on texts with mythic and poetic styles that are somewhat resistant ... More


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