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Patel: Text to Tradition

Patel, Deven M.:
Text to Tradition : the Naiṣadhīyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia / Deven M. Patel. - New York : Columbia University Press, 2014. - xi, 277 S. - (South Asia Across the Disciplines)
ISBN 978-0-231-16680-5
US$ 50,00 / £ 34,50
DDC: 891.21

Written in the twelfth century, the Naiṣadhīyacarita (The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces readers to the poem’s author, his reading communities, the modes through which the poem has been read and used, the contexts through which it became canonical, its literary offspring, and the emotional power it still holds for the culture that values it.
   Text to Tradition privileges the intellectual, affective, and social forms of cultural practice that inform a region’s people and institutions. It also proposes a new way to conduct literary historiography, understanding literary texts as “traditions” in their own right and emphasizing the various players and critical genres involved in their reception. The book underscores the importance of the close study of individual works to building a history of literary cultures. In addition, it creates a groundbreaking model for approaching the study of other venerated South Asian texts. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgments. ix
Introduction. 1
1. The Naiṣadhīya’s Aesthetic. 17
2. Eight Centuries of Commentary. 49
3. The Naiṣadhīya Interpreted and Overinterpreted. 81
4. Struggles Over the Text. 107
5. Secondary Waves of Reading. 131
6. Legends of the Naiṣadhīya. 153
7. The Tradition Expands to the Regions. 175
Conclusion. 203
Appendix 1: Sanskrit Text of Citations from Commentaries and Narratives. 211
Appendix 2: Encomia (praśasti) to Śrīharṣa and the Naiṣadhīya. 229
Notes. 233
Bibliography. 261
Index. 269


DEVEN M. PATEL is an assistant professor of Sanskrit languages and the literatures of South Asia at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes on literary history, the formation of literary communities, and the broader significance of literature and exegesis as cultural practice in South Asia. Profile page.

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