Author: Romila Thapar
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231527026
Release Date: 2011-04-12
Genre: Religion

The figure of Sakuntala appears in many forms throughout South Asian literature, most famously in the Mahabharata and in Kalidisa's fourth-century Sanskrit play, Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection. In these two texts, Sakuntala undergoes a critical transformation, relinquishing her assertiveness and autonomy to become the quintessentially submissive woman, revealing much about the performance of Hindu femininity that would come to dominate South Asian culture. Through a careful analysis of sections from Sakuntala and their various iterations in different contexts, Romila Thapar explores the interactions between literature and history, culture and gender, that frame the development of this canonical figure, as well as a distinct conception of female identity.

Sakuntala Texts Readings Histories

Author: Romila Thapar
ISBN: 818896560X
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Sanskrit drama

The importance of Sakuntala as personifying Indian womanhood in Indian literature and culture is undisputed. This book attempts to explore some of the links between culture, history and gender, and between literature and history, through reading variant versions of the narrative of Sakuntala. These include the stories in the Mahabharata, the play by Kalidasa, and the 18th century kathÄ in Braj. The transformation of Sakuntala from an autonomous assertive figure in the Mahabharata, to the quintessential submissive woman in the Kalidasa version, is carefully examined by the author through a fascinating reading of texts and translations of the play in India and Europe.

Reading the Past Across Space and Time

Author: Brenda Deen Schildgen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137558855
Release Date: 2017-03-02
Genre: Literary Criticism

Featuring leading scholars in their fields, this book examines receptions of ancient and early modern literary works from around the world (China, Japan, Ancient Maya, Ancient Mediterranean, Ancient India, Ancient Mesopotamia) that have circulated globally across time and space (from East to West, North to South, South to West). Beginning with the premise of an enduring and revered cultural past, the essays go on to show how the circulation of literature through translation and other forms of reception in fact long predates modern global society; the idea of national literary canons have existed just over a hundred years and emerged with the idea of national educational curricula. Highlighting the relationship of culture and politics in which canons are created, translated, promulgated, and preserved, this book argues that such nationally-defined curricula were challenged by critics and writers in the wake of the Second World War.

Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India

Author: Ruby Lal
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107030244
Release Date: 2013-02-18
Genre: Family & Relationships

In this eloquent history, Ruby Lal traces the lives of nineteenth-century Indian women in their transition from girlhood to maturity. In the north Indian patriarchal environment, women's lives were dominated by prescriptive household chores and domestic duties. What the book reveals, however, is that women in the early nineteenth century experienced greater freedoms, playfulness, and creativity than their counterparts in the more restricted colonial world at the end of the century.

Indian Asceticism

Author: Carl Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190266400
Release Date: 2015-03-03
Genre: Religion

Throughout the history of Indian religions, the ascetic figure is most closely identified with power. A by-product of the ascetic path, power is displayed in the ability to fly, walk on water or through dense objects, read minds, discern the former lives of others, see into the future, harm others, or simply levitate one's body. These tales give rise to questions about how power and violence are related to the phenomenon of play. Indian Asceticism focuses on the powers exhibited by ascetics of India from ancient to modern time. Carl Olson discusses the erotic, the demonic, the comic, and the miraculous forms of play and their connections to power and violence. He focuses on Hinduism, but evidence is also presented from Buddhism and Jainism, suggesting that the subject matter of this book pervades India's major indigenous religious traditions. The book includes a look at the extent to which findings in cognitive science can add to our understanding of these various powers; Olson argues that violence is built into the practice of the ascetic. Indian Asceticism culminates with an attempt to rethink the nature of power in a way that does justice to the literary evidence from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain sources.

De lo antiguo a lo moderno

Author: Ishita Banerjee
Publisher: El Colegio de Mexico AC
ISBN: 9786074625707
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

En India del siglo XXI religión, poder y comunidad son temas fundamentales. Los ensayos que conforman esta obra exploran distintos aspectos de la religión en el contexto de la conformación y la articulación del poder: desde discusiones sobre prácticas heréticas y ascéticas en el periodo antiguo y medieval, hasta expresiones cotidianas sobre la casta y la comunidad en la era moderna y contemporánea. Combina estudios sobre el hinduismo así como sobre la cristiandad. Los textos destacan cuestiones críticas en el estudio histórico de la religión y el poder en el Sur de Asia precolonial, colonial y post-colonial.

New Directions in Comparative Literature

Publisher: MacMillan India
ISBN: UOM:39015080548301
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Comparative literature

Contributed articles on comparative literature, most from India; presented to commemorate retirement of Candraśekhara Jahāgiradāra, professor of English, Shivaji University.

Die Bhagavad Gita

Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641089078
Release Date: 2012-11-19
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

Die bedeutendste Quelle indischer Spiritualität Die Bhagavadgita gilt als das grundlegende mystischspirituelle Werk der Inder. Entstanden vor Tausenden von Jahren, diskutiert und kommentiert die Gita grundlegende Seinsfragen wie Liebe, Freundschaft, Tod, Sinn und Ziel des Lebens und den Zyklus der Wiedergeburten. Easwaran schafft den Zugang zu diesem Werk von seiner historischen Bedingtheit her, aber er erschließt auch die universelle Gültigkeit und Zeitlosigkeit seiner Lehren.