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Love in South Asia A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0521856787

ISBN-13: 9780521856782

Edition: 2006

Authors: Francesca Orsini

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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.
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Book details

List price: $130.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/25/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Note on diacritics
Introduction
Love and courtliness
Courtly love and the aristocratic household in early medieval India
If music be the food of love: masculinity and eroticism in the Mughal mehfil
Worldly love and mystical love
The shifting sands of love
Love, passion and reason in Faizi's Nal-Daman
To die at the hands of love: conflicting ideals of love in the Punjabi Mirza - Sahiban cycle
Love and (colonial) modernity
Tagore and transformations in the ideals of love
The spaces of love and the passing of the seasons: Delhi in the early twentieth century
Shifting paradigms
Love in the time of Parsi theatre
Love letters
Love's repertoire: Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire
Contemporary lovescapes
Kiss or tell? Declaring love in Hindi films
Love's cup, love's thorn, love's end: the language of prem in Ghatiyali
Kidnapping, elopement and abduction: an ethnography of love-marriage in Delhi
Bibliography
Index