Item Details

Imagining the Urban: Sanskrit and the City in Early India

Shonaleeka Kaul
Format
Book
Published
Ranikhet : Permanent Black, 2010.
Language
English
Series
The Opus 1 Series
Permanent Black Monographs Opus 1 Series
ISBN
8178242788, 9788178242781
Summary
" ... Kaul examines Sanskrit kāvyas over about a thousand years to see what India's early historic cities were like as living, lived-in, entities. She looks at ideologies, attitudes, institutions, and practices in ancient urban areas, showing the ways in which they often cohered into a worldview, a mentalité. This is also a book about Sanskrit literature. ... She takes forward the idea of a Sanskrit 'literary culture', arguing that genres influence methods of historical representation. Her book gives us a fresh view of the early city, showing distinctive urban ways of thought and behaviour which relate in complex ways to tradition, morality, and authority. In advocating Sanskrit kāvyas as an important historical source, it addresses not just ancient India specialists but also scholars of literary history ... By asking new questions about early Indian cities and ancient Indian texts, this book asks to be read by every scholar of history, urbanism, cityscapes, literary history, Sanskrit writings, and South Asian antiquity."--Jacket.
Contents
  • The Ambit of the city
  • Within the city
  • Urban characters and their world I: masculine and feminine archetypes
  • Urban characters and their world II: ascetic, brāhmana, king, and the social order
  • The urban experience
  • Symbolic values and the city.
Description
xi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
  • Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-274) and index.
Series Statement
Permanent Black monographs. Opus 1 series
Technical Details
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