Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History Of Reception In Premodern India by Ajay K. RaoRe-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History Of Reception In Premodern India by Ajay K. Rao

Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History Of Reception In Premodern India

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Hardcover | October 29, 2014

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The R¿m¿yana of V¿lm¿ki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic¿s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of literary culture, and replaced it with another, as a work of remembered tradition.

This book examines R¿m¿yana commentaries, poetic retellings, and praise-poems produced by intellectuals within the ¿r¿vaisnava order of South India from 1250 to 1600 and shows how these intellectuals reconceptualized R¿ma¿s story through the lens of their devotional metaphysics. ¿r¿vaisnavas applied innovative interpretive techniques to the R¿m¿yana, including allegorical reading,¿lesareading (reading a verse as adouble entendre), and the application of vernacular performance techniques such as word play, improvisation, repetition, and novel forms of citation. The book is of interest not only to R¿m¿yana specialists but also to those engaged with Indian intellectual history, literary studies, and the history of religions.

Ajay Rao is Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical Studies (UTM) and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, Canada. His areas of research include South Asian religions and Sanskrit literature and intellectual history.
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Title:Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theology: A History Of Reception In Premodern IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:166 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415687519

ISBN - 13:9780415687515

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Table of Contents

1. Two Conceptions of Divinity 2. Translating Pearls into Coral 3. Double Reading 4. Rama in the Imperial Capital 5. Conclusion