Visions and Revisions in Sanskrit Narrative

Visions and Revisions in Sanskrit Narrative

Studies in the Sanskrit Epics and Purāṇas

Edited by: Raj Balkaran orcid, McComas Taylor orcid

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Sanskrit narrative is the lifeblood of Indian culture, encapsulating and perpetuating insights and values central to Indian thought and practice. This volume brings together eighteen of the foremost scholars across the globe, who, in an unprecedented collaboration, accord these texts the integrity and dignity they deserve. The last time this was attempted, on a much smaller scale, was a generation ago, with Purāṇa Perennis (1993). The pre-eminent contributors to this landmark collection use novel methods and theory to meaningfully engage Sanskrit narrative texts, showcasing the state of contemporary scholarship on the Sanskrit epics and purāṇas.


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Nov 2023
Asian Studies Series Monograph 19
ANU Press
Asian Studies Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, Philosophy & Religion
South Asia: India

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  • Preliminary pages (PDF, 200 KB)
  • List of illustrations (PDF, 187 KB)
  • Foreword (PDF, 185 KB)Wendy Doniger
  • Preface (PDF, 158 KB)
  • Contributors (PDF, 232 KB)
  • Introduction: Visions and revisions of Sanskrit narrative (PDF, 247 KB)
    1. Narrative argument and interlocutory frames in the Mahābhārata (PDF, 356 KB)Greg Bailey doi
    2. Āstīka, black magic and apotropaic ritual: Peacemaking brahmins and the snake sacrifice in the Mahābhārata’s Ādiparvan (PDF, 401 KB)Adam Bowles doi
    3. Transitions and transmissions in the Mahābhārata: Revisiting the Ugraśravas/Śaunaka frame dialogue (PDF, 393 KB)Brian Black doi
    4. Battling inner conflicts: Dhṛtarāṣṭra and Saṃjaya in the Udyogaparvan of the Mahābhārata (PDF, 408 KB)Angelika Malinar doi
    5. The Ambopākhyāna reconsidered: Reading Ambā’s story as part of the Rāma Jāmadagnya myth cycle (PDF, 410 KB)Brian Collins doi
    6. Claiming the narrative: Subjectivity and intertextuality in the Ambopākhyāna (PDF, 354 KB)Zuzana Špicová doi
    7. Bhīma: The shadow kin (PDF, 355 KB)Sudha Berry doi
    8. Some moral tasting notes on the Udyogaparvan of the Mahābhārata (PDF, 498 KB)James M. Hegarty doi
    9. The Bhagavadgītā’s determinism and world literature (PDF, 339 KB)Simon Brodbeck doi
    10. Mineral, vegetal, animal or divine? The flying palace Puṣpaka’s manifold metamorphoses (PDF, 4.6 MB)Danielle Feller doi
    11. From Ayodhyā to the Daṇḍaka: Rāma’s journey in exile according to the Jain Rāmāyaṇas (PDF, 325 KB)Eva De Clercq doi
    12. Gembedded narratives: Jewelled peacetime tales of Rāma’s exile and Rāvaṇa’s domicile as alternative afterlife anticipations in the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa (PDF, 352 KB)Shubha Pathak doi
    13. Train stations, enterprising priests and the deadly blows of kuśa grass: Reading the purāṇ as with a magic‑realist lens (PDF, 343 KB)Laurie L. Patton doi
    14. Textures of purāṇic transmission: A contemporary vernacular exposition of a Sanskrit purāṇa (PDF, 452 KB)Sucharita Adluri doi
    15. The Śivaśarmopākhyāna of the Padma Purāṇa as a bizarre compendium of epic and purāṇic tales of Pitṛbhakti (PDF, 357 KB)Nicolas Dejenne doi
    16. Same, same but different: The Tamil Kāñcippurāṇam and its Sanskrit source (PDF, 444 KB)Jonas Buchholz doi
    17. The ‘purāṇification’ of the death of Kṛṣṇa (PDF, 380 KB)Christopher R. Austin doi
    18. Lambs, lightning, nakedness and fire: Polythetic networks and literary elaborations of the Purūravas–Urvaśī narrative (PDF, 362 KB)McComas Taylor doi

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