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The Ramayana Culture

Text Performance and Iconography

These essays, originally presented at an international conference, are in the forefront of the modern response to an ancient work that has gained a new critical and social relevance in contemporary scholarship. Approaching the ....read below

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These essays, originally presented at an international conference, are in the forefront of the modern response to an ancient work that has gained a new critical and social relevance in contemporary scholarship. Approaching the Ramayana from several angles in an attempt to understand its aesthetic and ideological meaning, they examine the epic through the perspectives of textual criticism, art, architecture and film. Thereby they address critical issues such as the seminal status of Valmiki, the underlying problem of canonicity itself, the importance of other -- so-called derivative -- Ramayanas, the implications of gender representation, and the cultural manipulation of social ideals relating to the position of women and the idealisation of love that achieves its highest value in marriage.

Using the methods of rigorous textual and historical investigation, each essay seeks not only to uncover the layers of meaning in the complex structure of the epic in its varied forms but also to situate it critically in the cultures of South and Southeast Asia.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602249
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602247
  • Edition : 2nd edition
  • Year : 2003
  • Pages : xvi, 184 + [8] p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 500
  • Bibliographic Details : 10 photographs; Index

Acknowledgements 
Preface to the Second and Revised Edition 
Preface to the First Edition
  
Introduction 

-- Mandakranta Bose

1. The Ghost from the Anthill: Valmiki and the Destiny of the Ramakatha in South and South-East Asia

-- Robert Goldman

2. Images of Women in the Prambanan  Ramayana Reliefs

-- Alessandra Lopez y Royo  

3. The Framing of the Shrew: Kaikeyi as Kalaha in the Ananda Ramayana

-- Vidyut Aklujkar

4. Three Ways of Falling in Love: Tulsidas's Phulvari episode and the way it is portrayed in contemporary electronic media

-- Heidi Pauwels

5. Anklets Away: The Symbolism of Jewellery and Ornamentation in Valmiki's Ramayana

-- Sally Sutherland-Goldman 

List of Contributors 
Index

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