The Multivalence of an Epic: Retelling the Ramayana in South India and Southeast Asia
Author Dhar, Parul Pandya (ed)
Year 2021
Binding Hardback
Pages xvi+354p, ind, 26 cm.
ISBN10, ISBN13 8195279716, 9788195279715
Short Description
The Ramaya?a traditions of South India and Southeast Asia are examined at multiple levels in this volume. The research presented here offers in-depth investigations of chosen moments in the development of the epic tradition together with broader trends that help in understanding the epic’s multivalence. The journey and localization of the Ramaya?a is explored in its manifold expressions – from classical to folk, from temples and palaces to theatres and by-lanes in cities and villages, and from ancient to modern times. Regional Ramaya?as from different parts of South India and Southeast Asia are placed in deliberate juxtaposition to enable a historically informed discussion of their connected pasts across land and seas. The three parts of this volume, organized as visual, literary, and performance cultures, discuss the sculpted, painted, inscribed, written, recited, and performed Ramaya?as. A related emphasis is on the way boundaries of medium and genre have been crossed in the visua
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