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The language of the gods in the world of men : Sanskrit, culture, and power in premodern India

Author: Sheldon I Pollock
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this work of impressive scholarship, Sheldon Pollock explores the remarkable rise and fall of Sanskrit, India's ancient language, as a vehicle of poetry and polity. He traces the two great moments of its transformation: the first around the beginning of the Common Era, when Sanskrit, long a sacred language, was reinvented as a code for literary and political expression, the start of an amazing career that saw  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Pollock, Sheldon I.
Language of the gods in the world of men.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005013461
(OCoLC)60349001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sheldon I Pollock
ISBN: 0520245008 9780520245006 9780520260030 0520260031 9781423789635 1423789636
OCLC Number: 60349001
Notes: "A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--1st printed page.
Description: xv, 684 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The language of the Gods enters the world --
Literature and the cosmopolitan --
The world conquest and regime of the cosmopolitan style --
Sanskrit culture as courtly practice --
The map of Sanskrit knowledge and the discourse on the ways of literature --
Political formations and cultural ethos --
A European countercosmopolis --
Beginnings, textualization, superposition --
Creating a regional world: the case of Kannada --
Vernacular poetries and politics in Southern Asia --
Comparative and connective vernacularization --
Actually existing theory and its discontents --
Indigenism and other culture-power concepts of modernity.
Responsibility: Sheldon Pollock.
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