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A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics translated and edited by Sheldon Pollock

By: Series: Historical sourcebooks in classical indian thoughtPublication details: Permanent Black, 2017 RanikhetDescription: xxiv, 442 pages ; 26 cmISBN:
  • 9788178246413
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Preface Acknowledgments English Translations of Sanskrit Titles List of Abbreviations Introduction: An Intellectual History of Rasa 1. The Foundational Text, c. 300, and Early Theorists, 650-1025 2. The Great Synthesis of Bhoja, 1025-1055 3. An Aesthetic Revolution, 900-1000 4. Abhinavagupta and His School, 1000-1200 5. Continuing the Controversies Beyond Kashmir, 1200-1400 6. Rasa in the Early Modern World, 1200-1650 English-Sanskrit Glossary Notes Bibliography Index
Summary: From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art's formal structures and broader inquiries into the pleasure of tragic tales. Rasa, or taste, was the word they chose to describe art's aesthetics, and their passionate effort to pin down these phenomena became its own remarkable act of creation. This book is the first in any language to follow the evolution of rasa from its origins in dramaturgical thought—a concept for the stage—to its flourishing in literary thought—concept for the page. A Rasa Reader incorporates primary texts by every significant thinker on classical Indian aesthetics, many never translated before. The arrangement of the selections captures the intellectual dynamism that has powered this debate for centuries. Headnotes explain the meaning and significance of each text, a comprehensive introduction summarizes major threads in intellectual-historical terms, and critical endnotes and an extensive bibliography add further depth to the selections. The Sanskrit theory of emotion in art is one of the most sophisticated in the ancient world. A Rasa Reader's conceptual detail, historical precision, and clarity will appeal to any scholar interested in a full portrait of global intellectual development.
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Preface
Acknowledgments
English Translations of Sanskrit Titles
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: An Intellectual History of Rasa
1. The Foundational Text, c. 300, and Early Theorists, 650-1025
2. The Great Synthesis of Bhoja, 1025-1055
3. An Aesthetic Revolution, 900-1000
4. Abhinavagupta and His School, 1000-1200
5. Continuing the Controversies Beyond Kashmir, 1200-1400
6. Rasa in the Early Modern World, 1200-1650
English-Sanskrit Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

From the early years of the Common Era to 1700, Indian intellectuals explored with unparalleled subtlety the place of emotion in art. Their investigations led to the deconstruction of art's formal structures and broader inquiries into the pleasure of tragic tales. Rasa, or taste, was the word they chose to describe art's aesthetics, and their passionate effort to pin down these phenomena became its own remarkable act of creation. This book is the first in any language to follow the evolution of rasa from its origins in dramaturgical thought—a concept for the stage—to its flourishing in literary thought—concept for the page. A Rasa Reader incorporates primary texts by every significant thinker on classical Indian aesthetics, many never translated before. The arrangement of the selections captures the intellectual dynamism that has powered this debate for centuries. Headnotes explain the meaning and significance of each text, a comprehensive introduction summarizes major threads in intellectual-historical terms, and critical endnotes and an extensive bibliography add further depth to the selections. The Sanskrit theory of emotion in art is one of the most sophisticated in the ancient world. A Rasa Reader's conceptual detail, historical precision, and clarity will appeal to any scholar interested in a full portrait of global intellectual development.

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