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Fables in the Indian Narrative Tradition

An Analytical Study by: Dhananjay Singh

The book studies and develops an overall understanding of the Indian fables, their philosophy, mutual relationships, proliferation and textual scholarship. It also establishes the chronological development of the fables, right from the earliest utterances found in the Vedas to the epics, the Pa¤catantra and Buddhist texts.

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ISBN: 9788124605820
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : xi, 208p.
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 500

Overview

The fable is the most metaphorical of all narrative genres. The Indian fable, being both realistic and other-worldly, is recognised as a wonderful integration of the aesthetic and the discursive. Imitating the habits, chores, beliefs of the Indian culture, it is the dominant form in texts like the Pancatantra, the Jatakas, and the Hitopadesha. It is included at different places in the long narratives of the Mahabharata and the Yogavasishtha, and is disseminated in the form of the various folktales of India. This volume explores the unique tradition of Indian fables to present a theoretical understanding and critical analysis of the various aspects of the Indian fable.
The work studies the Indian fables spread across various compositions in the context of the dominant discourses of the narratives, their form and structure and their continuing relevance. It develops an overall understanding of the Indian fables, their philosophy, mutual relationships, proliferation and textual scholarship. It also establishes the chronological development of the fables, right from the earliest utterances found in the Vedas to the epics, the Pa¤catantra and Buddhist texts. It emphasises the significance of the Indian fable as a discourse, often the narrative becoming subservient to the fable’s discursive function.
This interesting study will prove useful to scholars and students of Indology, particularly those concerned with Indian culture and literary tradition, as well as general readers interested in fables and stories of the Indian tradition.

Contents

Perface
Introduction
1. Fables in India : An Overview
2. Fable as a Discourse in the Indian Narrative Tradition
3. Indian Fables : A Study in Form and Structure
4. Indian Fables : Contemporary Theory
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dhananjay Singh is Professor at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he teaches courses on comparative poetics, Indian aesthetics, Indian philosophy of language and theatre, South Asian Fiction, and Modern Irish literature. He has published research articles and essays in these areas. He is the author of Fables in the Indian Narrative Tradition: An Analytical Study (2011). He was Visiting Professor at University of Bergamo, Italy in 2014; International Visiting Fellow at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IOWA, USA, in 2015; and Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin in 2017. For his research on Seamus Heaney and Buddhist epistemology in a comparative framework, he was awarded Research Secondment by the European Union’s Marie Curie International Research Exchange Scheme to the Project “Social Performance, Cultural Trauma and Reestablishing Solid Sovereignties (SPECTRESS)”, at Trinity College Dublin in May–July 2017. Professor Singh’s poems have appeared in literary journals Muse India and South Asian Ensemble. His debut short story “The Train and the Tunnel’’ was published in The Bombay Review in August 2020.
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