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Colonizing the Realm of Words
Colonizing the Realm of Words (September 2010)
The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India
Sascha Ebeling - Author

Details the transformation of Tamil literary culture that came with colonialism and the encounter with Western modernity.

A true tour de force, this book documents the transformation of one Indian literature, Tamil, under the impact of colonialism and Western modernity. While Tamil is a living language, it is also India’s second oldest classical language next to Sanskrit, and has a literary history that g...(Read More)
 
 
Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China
Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China (July 2010)
Alan K. L. Chan - Editor
Yuet-Keung Lo - Editor

Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.

Covering a time of great intellectual ferment and great influence on what was to come, this book explores the literary and hermeneutic world of early medieval China. In addition to profound political changes, the fall of the Han dynasty allowed new currents in aesthetics, literature, i...(Read More)
 
 
Siva's Demon Devotee
Siva's Demon Devotee (April 2010)
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Elaine Craddock - Author

An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Śiva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Śiva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three...(Read More)
 
 
Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India
Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India (March 2009)
Hala's Sattasai
Peter Khoroche - Translation and introduction by
Herman Tieken - Translation and introduction by

The oldest surviving anthology of lyric poems from India, the Sattasai presents the many aspects of love and provides a realistic counterpart to the Kāmasūtra.

An elegant translation of the Sattasaī (or Seven Hundred), India’s earliest collection of lyric poetry, Poems on Life and Love in Ancient India deals with love in its many aspects. Mostly narrated by women, th...(Read More)
 
 
Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel
Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel (January 2009)
Margaret B. Wan - Author

Explores the development of the Chinese martial arts novel.

Martial arts fiction has been synonymous with popular fiction in China from the Qing dynasty on. This book, the first to trace the early development of the martial arts novel in China, demonstrates that the genre took shape nearly a century earlier than generally recognized. Green Peony (1800), one of the earliest martial arts novels, lies at th...(Read More)
 
 
Written at Imperial Command
Written at Imperial Command (March 2008)
Panegyric Poetry in Early Medieval China
Fusheng Wu - Author

Explores both the literary features and historical context of poetry written for imperial rulers during China’s early medieval period.

This is the first book-length study of panegyric poetry—yingzhao shi or poetry presented to imperial rulers—in the Chinese tradition. Examining poems written during the Wei-Jin Nanbeichao, or early medieval period (220–619), Fusheng Wu provides a th...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhist Scriptures as Literature
Buddhist Scriptures as Literature (February 2008)
Sacred Rhetoric and the Uses of Theory
Ralph Flores - Author

Looks at a variety of Buddhist sacred writings as literature and includes insights from literary theory.

Buddhist Scriptures as Literature explores the drama, lyricism, and compelling storylines in Buddhist sacred writings, while illustrating how rhetoric and ideology are at work in shaping readers’ reactions. Ralph Flores argues that the Buddha’s life story itself follows an archetypal quest-...(Read More)
 
 
Nativism and Modernity
Nativism and Modernity (January 2008)
Cultural Contestations in China and Taiwan under Global Capitalism
Ming-yan Lai - Author

Comparative study of contemporary nativist literary and cultural movements in China and Taiwan.

Nativism and Modernity is the first comparative study of xiangtu nativism in Taiwan and xungen nativism in China. It offers a new critical perspective on these two important literary and cultural movements in contemporary Chinese contexts and shows how nativism can be a vital form of place-based oppo...(Read More)
 
 
When Huai Flowers Bloom
When Huai Flowers Bloom (October 2007)
Stories of the Cultural Revolution
Shu Jiang Lu - Author

Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.

Set against China’s turbulent years between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, When Huai Flowers Bloom is the literary memoir of a young girl who manages to sustain love, imagination, and strength during this most chaotic time. With twelve separate yet interconnected stories, Shu Jiang Lu alternates between storyteller and listen...(Read More)

 
 
The Fall of the Indigo Jackal
The Fall of the Indigo Jackal (July 2007)
The Discourse of Division and Purnabhadra's Pancatantra
McComas Taylor - Author

Contemporary critical theory is brought to the consideration of caste in the Pañcatantra, one of the best-known cycles of Indian tales.

Every child growing up in India knows the story of the jackal who fell into the vat of blue dye, and discovering the power of his majestic new appearance, declared himself king of the forest. In spite of his pretenses, the jackal, eventually betrayed by his own inst...(Read More)
 
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