Extreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

By Yigal Bronner

Beginning within the 6th century C.E. and carrying on with for greater than 1000 years, a unprecedented poetic perform was once the trademark of a huge literary flow in South Asia. Authors invented a different language to depict either the obvious and hidden aspects of disguised or twin characters, after which used it to relate India's significant epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, simultaneously.

Originally produced in Sanskrit, those twin narratives ultimately labored their manner into local languages, particularly Telugu and Tamil, and different creative media, reminiscent of sculpture. students have lengthy pushed aside simultaneous narration as an insignificant interest, if now not an indication of cultural decline in medieval India. but Yigal Bronner's Extreme Poetry successfully negates this place, proving that, faraway from being a meaningless hobby, this difficult, "bitextual" process either transcended and reinvented Sanskrit literary expression.

The poems of simultaneous narration teased and estranged current conference and showcased the interrelations among the tradition's foundational texts. via targeting those achievements and their reverberations via time, Bronner rewrites the historical past of Sanskrit literature and its aesthetic targets. He additionally expands on modern theories of intertextuality, that have been mostly restrained to Western texts and practices.

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Four Dandin’s Discovery in Its Context 226 195 196 xii eight contents towards a concept of lesa 231 eight. 1 A Concise heritage of the Experiments with Ślesa eight. 2 Ślesa as a Literary move eight. three Ślesa and Sheer Virtuosity 231 234 239 eight. four Ślesa and the Registers of the Self eight. five Ślesa and the Refinement of the Epic 242 246 eight. 6 twiddling with the conference: Ślesa and Deep Intertextuality eight. 7 Ślesa and Kāvya’s Subversive facet 254 eight. eight severe Poetry and Middle-Ground concept: The demanding situations Posed through Ślesa 257 Appendix 1: Bitextual and Multitextual Works in Sanskrit 267 Appendix 2: Bitextual and Multitextual Works in Telugu 272 Notes 277 References 315 Index 331 250 FIGURES AND TABLES figures The Svayamvara of Damayanti/Damayanti Carried to the wedding selection xx four. 1 an summary of the Mahabalipuram reduction ninety three four. 2 Śiva offers a Boon to an Ascetic: aspect from theMaha balipuramRe lief ninety four four. three heart of the Mahabalipuram aid: The River Ganges ninety six four. four The Bull-Elephant: A Motif from the Jalakantheśvara Temple inV ellore ninety eight tables four. 1 Triads of the Jain Epic Narratives 106 five. 1 Bitextual and Multitextual Sanskrit Works by means of interval 123 five. 2 Bitextual and Multitextual Telugu Works by means of Century one hundred thirty five 6. 1 Different Readings of Meghadūta1 . 14 a hundred seventy five 6. 2 Different Readings and Interpretations of a Go-Between’s Message in Subandhu’s Vāsavadattā one hundred eighty 7. 1 Dandin’s Simile, Vyatireka, and Ślesa-Vyatireka 226 AC recognize LEDG MENTS T his e-book was once decades within the making, and alongside the best way i've got incurred many accounts. it really is my friendly responsibility to thank all those that helped me within the strategy of discovering, writing, and modifying it and bringing it into its present form. at first, I desire to thank my lifelong academics: Sheldon Pollock, who inspired, facilitated, and immensely enriched my paintings in this venture in its many incarnations; and David Shulman, who brought me to the field of Sanskrit poetry and poetics and who has offered never-ending aid and valuable suggestions within the means of finishing this ebook. My debt to those males and their highbrow and private generosity will be very unlikely to pay off. for his or her tips, endurance, and generosity i'm thankful to many different academics to boot. those contain H. V. Nagaraja Rao in Mysore, in addition to N. R. Bhatt, ok. Srinivasan, and the overdue S. S. Janaki in Chennai. even though they have been by no means officially my academics, Lawrence McCrea and Gary Tubb have taught me very much, and their reviews in this publication because it developed have been easily precious. targeted thank you also are because of V. Narayana Rao and Vimala Katikaneni, who, including David Shulman, helped me with the Telugu fabrics, and my colleague Sascha Ebeling, who enriched my figuring out of Tamil ślesas. i'm additionally indebted to Steven Collins and Wendy Doniger, my former professors and now colleagues, and to the numerous colleagues on the collage of Chicago who offered an important highbrow and ethical aid. ultimately, I desire to show deep gratitude to my loved and much-missed Tamil instructor, Norman Cutler, who died upfront in 2002.

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