Literary India: Comparative Studies in Aesthetics, Colonialism, and Culture

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Patrick Colm Hogan, Lalita Pandit
SUNY Press, 01.01.1995 - 289 Seiten
This anthology explores the possibilities of a non-Eurocentric comparative literature. Contributors explain and analyze a variety of material from the Indian literary tradition, examining both its indigenous development and its relations with the West. In doing this, they draw upon and develop ideas from cultural criticism, literary theory, linguistics, and Indology.

This book begins with an examination of Indian and Western views on basic concerns of literary theory and aesthetics: authorship, genre, and literary language. Specific works of Indian literature are discussed, as are the striking similarities between eighth-century Sanskrit romances and Shakespeare's late plays; the indirect links of Asian folk and popular dramatic traditions with Bertolt Brecht's epic theater; the oppositional parallelism that marks Kipling's Kim and Tagore's Gora; the suggestive variations on the theme of exile in contemporary Indian cinema and Sophocles' Theban plays. The book ends with a re-consideration of post-colonial theory drawing on both Indian and European sources.

 

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The Bias
3
Theorizing Cultural Difference and CrossCultural
45
The Genre Theory in Sanskrit Poetics
63
Language as
81
Interpreting Cultural Difference and CrossCultural
101
The Poetics of Exile and the Politics of Home
141
Anita Desai
153
Translating Indian Literary Texts into English
175
Nautanki and the Struggle for Independence National
189
History and Dialectic
207
Theorizing Colonial Contact Hybrid Identities
235
Culture State and the Rediscovery of Indian Politics
255
Notes on Contributors
275
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Über den Autor (1995)

Patrick Colm Hogan is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut.

Lalita Pandit is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

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