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Love in South Asia: a cultural history

Orsini, Francesca, ed. (2006) Love in South Asia: a cultural history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications)

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Abstract

Love may be a universal feeling, but culture and language play a crucial role in defining it. Idioms of love have a long history, and within every society there is always more than one discourse, be it prescriptive, religious, or gender-specific, available at any given time. This book explores the idioms of love that have developed in South Asia, those words, conceptual clusters, images and stories which have interlocked and grown into repertoires. Including essays by literary scholars, historians, anthropologists, film historians and political theorists, the collection unravels the interconnecting strands in the history of the concept (shringara, 'ishq, prem and "love") and maps their significance in literary, oral and visual traditions. Each essay examines a particular configuration and meaning of love on the basis of genre, tellers and audiences, and the substantial introduction sets out the main repertoires, presenting the student of South Asia with an important cultural history. • First book-length study of how the concept of love in South Asia was informed and defined by its cultural context • Draws on material from the worlds of literature, music and film • Written by leading scholars from a wide range of disciplines

Item Type: Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Keywords: love, marriage, cultural history, South Asia, Sanskrit literature, Hindi literature, Urdu literature, Persian literature, Punjabi literature, Bengali literature, Indian cinema
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
ISBN: 9780521856782
Depositing User: Francesca Orsini
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 14:42
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8573

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