Love in South Asia A Cultural History
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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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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/25/2006
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|Notes on contributors|
|Note on diacritics|
|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|
|Love in the time of Parsi theatre|
|Love's repertoire: Qurratulain Hyder's River of Fire|
|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|