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Author Hiltebeitel, Alf, author.

Title World of wonders : the work of Adbhutarasa in the Mahābhārata and the Harivaṃśa / Alf Hiltebeitel
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction: The Work of Adbhutarasa -- 1. Śāntarasa, Vīrarasa and the Mahābhārata's Two Recensions -- 2. Rasas and Sthāyibhāvas, Wonders and Surprises -- 3. Adbhutam-Clusters in the Mahābhārata: Book 1 to Yudhiṣṭhira's Coronation -- 4. Adbhutarasa and Hyperbole: Lessons on Gleaning, Ahiṃsā, and Bhakti from Bhīṣma's Postwar Oration -- 5. The Āśvamedhika- and Āśrāmavāsika-Parvans: The Two Late Postwar Books Called "Wondrous" in the Parvasaṃgraha -- 6. The Mahābhārata's Last Three Books: From the Submergence of Dvārakā to Janamejaya's Last Surprise -- 7. The Harivaṃśa as a Supplement to the Mahābhārata's World of Wonders -- Bibliography
Summary "This is the first book in over a thousand years to approach the Mahābhārata and the Harivaṃśa via rasa theory. It argues that both texts put adbhutarasa, the "mood of wonder," to work as their dominant rasa, in a way that takes readers from their heroes' rollicking adventures to the text's profoundest moments. Two Kashmiris, Ānandavardhana (9th century) and Abhinavagupta (10th century), launched such inquiry, claiming that the Mahābhārata's dominant rasa was śāntarasa, the "mood of peace." Both worked the Harivaṃśa as a related text into their argument, which emphasized peace along with dispassion and the quest for liberation. Although they used some textual highjinks to make their case, their argument prevailed, and has remained the only serious contestant for rasic interpretation. This book disputes their claim, and can expect controversy. Some may continue to favor śāntarasa. Some may cite the two Kashmiris' view that adbhuta cannot sustain a major work. This book contests that by putting "the work of adbhutarasa" into its title and arguing for the hard work it does. Some may also be uncomfortable with a temporal incongruity the book poses in that the Mahābhārata and Harivaṃśa are probably four or five centuries earlier than the first text to explore rasas, the Nāṭyaśātra. Śāntarasa faced the same problem but Ānandavardhana and Abhinavagupta, lacking a modern sense of the relative dates, overlooked it. The answer here goes to the heart of this book's argument: our texts deploy the "proper terms" adbhuta, "wonder" and vismaya, "surprise," to work adbhutarasa through rich and contrasting textual strategies. They must have worked out their program with these terms before the śāstra"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (Oxford Academic, viewed March 03, 2023)
SUBJECT Mahābhārata -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Mahābhārata. Harivaṃśa -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Mahābhārata fast
Mahābhārata. Harivaṃśa fast
Subject Rasas in literature.
Rasas in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020025650
ISBN 9780197538234