Extreme Poetry The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration

ISBN-10: 0231151608

ISBN-13: 9780231151603

Edition: 2010

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Description: Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, South Asia Across the Disciplines is a new series jointly published and promoted by University of Chicago Press, University of California Press, and Columbia University Press& mdash;three leading publishers in South Asian studies& mdash;suggesting new routes and innovative methods in South Asian scholarship.Beginning in the sixth century C.E. and continuing for more than a thousand years, an extraordinary practice of poetic simultaneity became the trademark of a major literary movement in South Asia. Authors invented a special dual language to depict disguised or dual characters, and then expanded this unique experiment to narrate simultaneously India's major epics, the Ramayanaand the Mahabharata.Originally found only in Sanskrit, such dual narratives eventually worked their way into regional languages, especially Telugu and Tamil, and other artistic media, such as sculpture. Scholars have dismissed this intricate "bitextual" technique as a mere curiosity, if not a sign of medieval India's cultural decline. Extreme Poetryproves instead that, far from being a meaningless pastime, simultaneous narration both transcended and reinvented the limits of Sanskrit literary expression. These poems teased and estranged existing narrative convention and explored the interrelations between the founding texts of their tradition. Through its focus on this practice's far-reaching achievements, Extreme Poetryrewrites the history of Sanskrit literature and reorients our understanding of its aesthetic goals. It also expands contemporary theories of intertextuality, which are largely confined to Western texts and practices.

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List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/30/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sanskrit Transliteration
Introduction
Śle&sbdot;a: A Brief Overview of the Mechanisms of Simultaneity
The Many Manifestations of Śle&sbdot;a: A Brief Sketch
What (Little) Is Known About Śle&sbdot;a
The Anti-Śle&sbdot;a Bias: Romanticism, Orientalism, Nationalism
Is Śle&sbdot;a “Natural” to Sanskrit?
Toward a History and Theory of Śle&sbdot;a
Experimenting With Śle&sbdot;a In Subandhu's Prose Lab
The Birth of a New Kind of Literature
The Paintbrush of Imagination: Plot and Description in the V&abar;savadatt&abar;
Amplifying the World: Subandhu's Alliterative Compounds
Showcasing Śle&sbdot;a: The Opening Lines of the V&abar;savadatt&abar;
Teasing the Convention: The Targets of Subandhu's Śle&sbdot;a
B&abar;$$$a's Laughter and the Response to Subandhu
Conclusion
The Disguise of Language: Śle&sbdot;a Enters The Plot
K&ibar;cakavadha (Killing K&ibar;caka) by N&ibar;tivarman
The Elephant in the (Assembly) Room: N&ibar;tivarman's Buildup
From Smoldering to Eruption: Draupad&ibar;'s Śle&sbdot;a and Its Implications
Embracing the Subject: Śle&sbdot;a and Selfing
Embracing Twin Episodes: Śle&sbdot;a and the Refinement of the Epic
Flowers and Arrows, Milk and Water: Responses to N&ibar;tivarman's Śle&sbdot;a
Sarasvat&ibar;'s Śle&sbdot;a: Disguise and Identity in Śr&ibar;har&sbdot;a's Nai&sbdot;adhacarita
Conclusion
Aiming at two Targets: The Early Attempts
The Mahabalipuram Relief as a Visual Śle&sbdot;a
Da&nbdot; &dbdot;in: A Lost Work and Its Relic
Dhana�jaya: The Poet of Two Targets
Lineages Ornamented and Tainted: On Śle&sbdot;a's Contrastive Capacities
What Gets Conarrated? Dhana�jaya's Matching Scheme
Śle&sbdot;a and the Aesthetics of Simultaneity
Why Conarrate the Epics?
Bringing The Ganges to The Ocean: Kavir&abar;ja and The Apex of Bitextuality
The Boom of a Śle&sbdot;a Movement
The Bitextual Movement and the Lexicographical Boom
Sanskrit Bitextuality in a Vernacular World
Kavir&abar;ja's Matching of the Sanskrit Epics
Amplifying Epic Echoes
Conclusion
Śle&sbdot;a as Reading Practice
The Imagined Śle&sbdot;a Reader: Representations and Instructions
Things That Can Go Wrong with Śle&sbdot;a: The Theoreticians' Warning
Seeing Shapes in Clouds: Different Readings of Meghad&ubar;ta 1.14
Old Texts, New Reading Methods: The Commentaries on Subandhu
Śle&sbdot;a and Allegory in the Commentaries on the Epic
Double-Bodied Poet, Double-Bodied Poem: Ravicandra's Reading of Amaru
The Śle&sbdot;a Paradox
Theories of, Śle&sbdot;a In Sanskrit Poetics
Theorizing Ornaments: An Overview of Alamk&abar;raś&abar;stra
Śle&sbdot;a as a Theoretical Problem
Speaking Crookedly and Speaking in Puns: Śle&sbdot;a's Role in Da&nbdot; &dbdot;in's Poetics
Da&nbdot; &dbdot;in's Discovery in Its Context
Toward A Theory of Śle&sbdot;a
A Concise History of the Experiments with Śle&sbdot;a
Śle&sbdot;a as a Literary Movement
Śle&sbdot;a and Sheer Virtuosity
Śle&sbdot;a and the Registers of the Self
Śle&sbdot;a and the Refinement of the Epic
Playing with the Convention: Śle&sbdot;a and Deep Intertextuality
Śle&sbdot;a and K&abar;vya's Subversive Edge
Extreme Poetry and Middle-Ground Theory: The Challenges Posed by Śle&sbdot;a
Bitextual and Multitextual Works in Sanskrit
Bitextual and Multitextual Works in Telugu
Notes
References
Index
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