Cover -- Contents -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Part I: The Sanskrit Cosmopolis -- 1. The Language of the Gods Enters the World -- 2. Literature and the Cosmopolitan Language of Literature -- 3. The World Conquest and Regime of the Cosmopolitan Style -- 4. Sanskrit Culture as Courtly Practice -- 5. The Map of Sanskrit Knowledge and the Discourse on the Ways of Literature -- 6. Political Formations and Cultural Ethos -- 7. A European Countercosmopolis -- Part II: The Vernacular Millennium -- 8. Beginnings, Textualization, Superposition -- 9. Creating a Regional World -- 10. Vernacular Poetries and Polities in Southern Asia -- 11. Europe Vernacularized -- 12. Comparative and Connective Vernacularisation -- Part III: Theory and Practice of Culture and Power -- 13. Actually Existing Theory and Its Discontents -- 14. Indigenism and Other Culture-Power Concepts of Modernity -- Epilogue -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Publication History -- Bibliography -- Index
Exploring the rise and fall of Sanskrit as a vehicle of poetry and polity, this title traces the two great moments of its transformation. Drawing parallels with the rise of Latin literature and the Roman empire, it asks whether these very different histories challenge theories of culture and power and suggest possibilities for practice
"Philip E. Lilienthal Asian studies imprint."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 603-648) and index