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Author Pollock, Sheldon I., author

Title The language of the gods in the world of men : Sanskrit, culture, and power in premodern India / Sheldon Pollock
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 684 pages) : maps
Series ACLS Fellows' Publications
Contents 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
Summary 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
Notes "Philip E. Lilienthal Asian studies imprint."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 603-648) and index
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Subject Indic literature -- To 1500 -- History.
Indic literature -- To 1500 -- Political aspects.
Literature and society -- India -- History.
Politics and literature -- India -- History.
Sanskrit literature -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Sanskrit literature -- To 1500 -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520932021 (electronic bk.)
1423789636 (electronic bk.)
9780520932029 (electronic bk.)
9781423789635 (electronic bk.)