Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a History of Kavya Literature

Hardcover | December 10, 2014

EditorYigal Bronner, David Shulman, Gary Tubb

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This volume is the first attempt to offer a panoramic historical overview of South Asian classical poetry, especially in Sanskrit. Many of the essays in this volume are the first serious studies of the great masterpieces of South Asian literature. Moreover, the book as a whole captures themillennium-long developmental logic of kavya literature by identifying a series of critical moments of breakthrough and innovation - that is, moments when the basic rules of composition and the aesthetic and poetic goals underwent dramatic change, allowing the tradition to reinvent itself. Individual sections thus focus on the beginnings of kavya literature and Kalidasa's creation of what came to be its classical form; the new poetic model that emerged from the intense competition and conversation of Bharavi and Magha in the middle of the first millennium; the extended revolutionaryperiod in Kanauj, where Bana and his successors reconceived the meaning and practice of Sanskrit poetry; and the no less transformative period at the beginning of the second millennium, when poets of genius such as Sriharsa were active in the context of India's nascent vernacularization. The scope of the volume extends beyond Sanskrit to early modern Hindi, and beyond the subcontinent and the Himalayas to Java and Tibet, where kavya found a new home and continued to evolve. A general introduction proposes a theoretical framework for the study of this immense literary tradition interms of its continuous self-reinvention.

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This volume is the first attempt to offer a panoramic historical overview of South Asian classical poetry, especially in Sanskrit. Many of the essays in this volume are the first serious studies of the great masterpieces of South Asian literature. Moreover, the book as a whole captures themillennium-long developmental logic of kavya li...

Yigal Bronner is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University. Gary Tubb is Chair and Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, Division of the Humanities, the University of Chicag...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:816 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsYigal Bronner, David Shulman, Gary Tubb: IntroductionI. Kalidasa and Early Classicism1. David Shulman: Waking Aja2. Gary Tubb: Baking Uma3. Herman Tieken: On Beginnings: Introductions and Prefaces in KavyaII. The Developing Mahakavya4. Kiratarjuniya Peter Khoroche: Pace and Pattern in the 5. Lawrence McCrea: The Conquest of Cool: Theology and Aesthetics in Magha's Sisupalavadha6. Gary Tubb: Kavya with Bells On: Yamaka in the Sisupalavadha7. Tom Hunter: A Constant Flow of Pilgrims: Kavya and the Early History of the KakawinIII. The Masters of Prose8. Yigal Bronner: The Nail-Mark That Lit the Bedroom: Biography of a Compound9. Herman Tieken: Bana's Death in the Kadambari10. David Shulman: Persons Compounded and Confounded: A Reading of Bana's Kadambari11. Gary Tubb: On Bana's BoldnessIV. The Sons of Bana12. Gary Tubb: Something New in the Air: Abhinanda's Ramacarita and Its Ancestry13. Gary Tubb: "The Plays of Bhavabhuti"14. Lawrence McCrea: The Poetics of Perspective in Rajasekhara's Young Ramayana15. David Shulman: Murari's DepthsV. Poets of the New Millennium16. Yigal Bronner: The Poetics of Ambivalence: Imagining and Unimagining the Political in Bilhana's Vikramankadevacarita17. Phyllis Granoff: Putting the Polish on the Poet's Efforts: Reading the Karnasundari as a Reflection on Poetic Creativity18. Charles Malamoud: Shadows19. Dan Martin: Indian Kavya Poetry on the Far Side of the Himalayas: Translation, Transmission, Adaptation, OriginalityVI. Regional Kavyas20. David Shulman: Sakalya Malla's Telangana Ramaya?a: The Udara-Raghava21. Allison Busch: The Classical Past in the Mughal Present: The Brajbhasha Riti Tradition22. Gary Tubb: Poetry and Play in Kavikarnapura's Play within the Play23. Amrta-sarmistam Velcheru Narayana Rao: Modernity in Sanskrit Viswanatha Satyanarayana's24. Tom Hunter: A Distant Mirror: Innovation and Change in the East Javanese Kakawin25. Notes on ContributorsIndex