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Exploring agency in the Mahābhārata : ethical and political dimensions of Dharma

Author: Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya; Vrinda Dalmiya; Gangeya Mukherji
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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The Mahabharata, one of the major epics of India, is a sourcebook complete by itself as well as an open text constantly under construction. This volume looks at transactions between its modern discourses and ancient vocabulary. Located amid conversations between these two conceptual worlds, the volume grapples with the epic's problematisation of dharma or righteousness, and consequently, of the ideal person and the  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Exploring agency in the Mahābhārata.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
(OCoLC)1015824079
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya; Vrinda Dalmiya; Gangeya Mukherji
ISBN: 9781351061407 1351061402 9781351061414 1351061410 9781351061391 1351061399 9781351061421 1351061429
OCLC Number: 1029252110
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : to do / Vrinda Dalmiya, Gangeya Mukherji --
Mahābhārata : Itihāsa : agency / Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya --
In search of genuine agency : a review of action, freedom and karma in the Mahābhārata / Amita Chatterjee --
The theory of karma in the Mahābhārata / Christopher G. Framarin --
Karmayoga and the vexed moral agent / Arti Dhand --
Complexities in the agency for violence : a look at the Mahābhārata / Gangeya Mukherji --
Irresolution and agency : the case of Yudhiṣṭhira / Shirshendu Chakrabarti --
Can the subhuman speak or act? : agency of sagacious serpents, benevolent birds, rational rodents, and a mocking mongoose in the Mahābhārata / Arindam Chakrabarti --
Textual-sexual transitions : the reification of women in the Mahābhārata / Uma Chakravarti --
Ekalavya and the possibility of learning / Sundar Sarukkai --
Tagore's readings of the Mahābhārata / Sudipta Kaviraj --
Answerability between lived life and living text : chronotopicity in finding agency in the Mahābhārata / Lakshmi Bandlamudi --
Droṇa in the Ekalavya episode in Sāralā Mahābhārata / B. N. Patnaik.
Responsibility: edited by Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya, Vrinda Dalmiya and Gangeya Mukherji.

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The Mahabharata, one of the major epics of India, is a sourcebook complete by itself as well as an open text constantly under construction. This volume looks at transactions between its modern discourses and ancient vocabulary. Located amid conversations between these two conceptual worlds, the volume grapples with the epic's problematisation of dharma or righteousness, and consequently, of the ideal person and the good life through a cluster of issues surrounding the concept of agency and action. Drawing on several interdisciplinary approaches, the essays reflect on a range of issues in the Mahabharata, including those of duty, motivation, freedom, selfhood, choice, autonomy, and justice, both in the context of philosophical debates and their ethical and political ramifications for contemporary times. This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers engaged with philosophy, literature, religion, history, politics, culture, gender, South Asian studies, and Indology. It will also appeal to the general reader interested in South Asian epics and the Mahabharata.

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