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Literary cultures in history : reconstructions from South Asia /
edited by Sheldon Pollock.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
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xxix, 1066 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520228219 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c2003.
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0520228219 (alk. paper)
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4869784
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A superb collection. This pathbreaking book is sure to have wide and lasting interest not only for students of South Asian literature, but for anyone interested in the role of literature in cultural self-definition, conflict and change."--David Damrosch, President, American Comparative Literature Association and editor ofThe Longman Anthology British Literature "This tour-de-force might be not only a landmark in Indian cultural history, but a major accomplishment in the scholarship of global cultures, inviting us to think critically about forms of history and communities of literature."--Walter D. Mignolo, author ofLocal Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking
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"A superb collection. This pathbreaking book is sure to have wide and lasting interest not only for students of South Asian literature, but for anyone interested in the role of literature in cultural self-definition, conflict and change."--David Damrosch, President, American Comparative Literature Association and editor of The Longman Anthology British Literature "This tour-de-force might be not only a landmark in Indian cultural history, but a major accomplishment in the scholarship of global cultures, inviting us to think critically about forms of history and communities of literature."--Walter D. Mignolo, author of Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-02-01:
Nine years in the making, this is an engrossing collection of 17 learned essays drawn from an interdisciplinary team of both Western and non-Western specialists (most affiliated with Univ. of Chicago). The book discusses in the broadest context to date the meaning, nature, and scope of what literature has meant to South Asian civilization. Pollock (Univ. of Chicago) offers up a formidable display of privileged research expertise--including essays that treat Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi, Tibetan, Urdu, and Indian-English literary histories equally--in shaping a complex, multicultural quilt work of one of history's greatest intellectual hoards. Though independent in their treatment of some 20 cultural-linguistic traditions, the essays (books in themselves, really), by addressing the fuller implications of literatures here from antiquity to the present cultural moment, meld readably in shaping a comprehensive literary syllabus that in manifold ways probes the deep structures of South Asian civilization. The book would have benefited from a more intuitive, playful approach to literature and the politically correct dating system wants simplifying, but in every other respect, this is a stunningly realized achievement. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections; all levels. T. Carolan University College of the Fraser Valley
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This is a comprehensive history of the rich literary traditions of South Asia, this text contains essays which consider 15 South Asian literary traditions - including Hindi, Indian-English, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Urdu - in their full historical and cultural variety.
Long Description
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)
Main Description
A grand synthesis of unprecedented scope,Literary Cultures in Historyis 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)
Main Description
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)
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian literary traditions to ever be published, and will prove invaluable not only to South Asianists but also to literary theorists and cultural historians.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Guide to Pronunciationp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Bibliographyp. 34
Globalizing Literary Culturesp. 37
Sanskrit Literary Culture from the Inside Outp. 39
Bibliographyp. 121
The Culture and Politics of Persian in Precolonial Hindustanp. 131
Bibliographyp. 189
The Historical Formation of Indian-English Literaturep. 199
Bibliographyp. 262
Literature in Southern Localesp. 269
Three Moments in the Genealogy of Tamil Literary Culturep. 271
Bibliographyp. 320
Critical Tensions in the History of Kannada Literary Culturep. 323
Bibliographyp. 380
Court, Temple, and Publicp. 383
Bibliographyp. 433
The Literary Culture of Premodern Keralap. 437
Bibliographyp. 496
The Centrality of Borderlandsp. 501
The Two Histories of Literary Culture in Bengalp. 503
Bibliographyp. 564
Region and Power in Gujarati Literary Culturep. 567
Bibliographyp. 608
Sindhi Literary Culturep. 612
Bibliographyp. 643
Buddhist Cultures and South Asian Literaturesp. 647
What is Literature in Pali?p. 649
Bibliographyp. 684
Works and Persons in Sinhala Literary Culturep. 689
Bibliographyp. 743
The Indian Literary Identity in Tibetp. 747
Bibliographyp. 794
The Twinned Histories of Urdu and Hindip. 803
Naming and Placing a Literary Culturep. 805
Bibliographyp. 858
Histories, Performances, and Mastersp. 864
Bibliographyp. 908
The Development of a Transregional Idiomp. 912
Bibliographyp. 954
Hindi and the Nationp. 958
Bibliographyp. 1018
Indexp. 1023
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