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Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime

The last two decades of the twentieth century have been marked by an immense revival of interest in the sublime, yet past studies have used Western texts as their archives. This book dramatically shifts the focus by examining a ....read below

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The last two decades of the twentieth century have been marked by an immense revival of interest in the sublime, yet past studies have used Western texts as their archives. This book dramatically shifts the focus by examining a major instance of an Indian sublime: the Brahman. Mishra examines European theories of the sublime, reads them off against contemporary critical uses of the term (notably by Lyotard and Paul de Man) and proposes that the Hindu Brahman constitutes an instance of one of the most fully developed of all comprehensive theory of both the Indian sublime and Indian devotional verse.

"The book offers a highly original interpretation of one fundamental problem in Indian cultural history: how does a devotee establish a relationship with God (Brahman) when God is ultimately incapable of representation? Mishra brilliantly exposes this problem by introducing the theme of the sublime and shows how the problem has been confronted across a range of central Hindu texts covering a large panorama of historical time and several Indic languages."

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601563
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601569
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2000
  • Pages : xi, 268 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 500
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

Preface
A Note on Transliteration

1. The Sublime Object of Devotion

Sublime Aesthetics
The Center Cannot Hold
The Self and the Oceanic Sublime
Orientalism and the Indian Sublime
A Matter of Feeling and Emotion
The Textual Tradition

2. Two Truths are Told : Prologues to the Swelling Act

The Moment of the Bhagavadgita

3. Devotional Poetics

The Semantics of Bhakti
The Ideology of Bhakti
The Tamil Alvars and the Vira-Shaivas
Jayadeva's Gitagovinda : An Indian Pastoral
Prescribing the text

4. Temples of Fire : Plurality-with-Unity
5. Desiring Selves, Undesirable Worlds

Desire, Deceit, and Maya
Divine Pleasures Kabir's Burning Brides
Conclusion : The Devotional Sublime

Notes
Select Biblography
Index

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