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Bronner, Yigal, Cox, Whitney and McCrea, Lawrence, eds. (2011) South Asian texts in history : critical engagements with Sheldon Pollock. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA: Association for Asian Studies. (Asia Past and Present)

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South Asian Texts in History charts the contours of a reenvisioned and revitalized field of Indology in the light of the groundbreaking research of Sheldon Pollock. One of the many exciting aspects of Pollock’s work is its unprecedented combination of classical textual study with cutting edge theoretical and social scientific inquiry - a combination which this book sets out to emulate. Pollock has trained and inspired a new generation of scholars, many of whom have contributed to this volume. The essays are organized into five groups that reflect the major domains of Pollock’s immense contributions to the field: the epic Ramayana, Sanskrit literature and literary theory, systematic thought in premodern South Asia, the birth of a new vernacular cultural order in the subcontinent during the second millennium CE, and India’s early modernity. Most of the essays concentrate on materials in Sanskrit, but there are also considerable contributions to the history of Hindi, Tamil, and Persian literatures. The book presents for the first time an overview of the groundbreaking contributions of Sheldon Pollock to South Asia scholarship over the past three decades, while offering a set of critiques of key elements of his theories.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Keywords: South Asia, Sanskrit, Ramayana, kavya, vernacularization, literature, philology, sastra, early modernity, Sheldon Pollock
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy.
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
ISBN: 9780924304637
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2011 10:16

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