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Comparative Literary Theory

An Overview

Two cultures of the world — Greek and Indian — have nourished literature. While the contemporary Western thinking is rooted in Greek thought, especially of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and percolated down to the modern European languages with the adve....read below

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Two cultures of the world — Greek and Indian — have nourished literature. While the contemporary Western thinking is rooted in Greek thought, especially of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and percolated down to the modern European languages with the advent of Christian thought, the multilingual Indian literary tradition has its base from the classical Tamil, Pali, Prakrt and Sanskrit.
Though cultural specificity marks these two traditions off from each other, the universal human condition that finds expression in all literatures binds them together. This book delves deep into the growth of poetics, theory of literature, literary artefacts, aesthetics of literature as an art form, and dramaturgy and philosophy of literature.
Cultures have given forms as their typical expressions — for India great epics, for Greece tragedies, and for England lyrics. Similarly, different ages of a culture find expression in different forms — Elizabethan age of England in lyrics, sixteenth-seventeenth centuries in drama, eighteenth century in prose, and nineteenth century in novel. India’s genius is in epics and its expression unfolds in shravya-preksha compositions, being singable poetry as its preferred form.
This book must serve pretty useful for students and teachers of literature. Also, an invaluable collection for researchers in literature.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124607206
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124607206
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2014
  • Pages : x, 222p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Preface    
1. Growth of Poetics as a Discipline

Rise and Formation of the Discipline of Poetics in the West
Rise and Formation of the Discipline of Poetics in India

Rasa – Alamkara – Riti – Dhvani – Vakrokti – Guna/dosha – Aucitya  

2. Theory of Literature 

Definition    
Nature    
Goal    
Role in Society    
As Mimetic Art    
Theory of Images    
Verbal Image — Meaning in Literature    
As a Knowledge Discourse    
Creativity and Creative Process

3. Categories of Literary Artefacts  

Forms/Genres of Literature, (Kavya–natya Bheda)
Author/Kavi/Types of Poets    
Reader/Auditor    
Language of Literature    
Literary Meaning and Sources, and     
Types of Literary Meaning    
Literary Conventions and Referentiality    
Verisimilitude and Literary Meaning    
Text vs. Composition 

4. Aesthetics of Literature and Reception 

Aesthetics and Values    
Reception  

5. Philosophy of Literature    
6. Characteristic Cultural Expressions, Sublime and Sringara

Characteristic Cultural Expressions and Ages: Epic or Drama or Lyric or Prose    
Sublime and Classic  

7. Theorizing Theory    
Bibliography    
Index  

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