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The Ramayana Culture: Text, Performance and Iconography

 
Mandakranta Bose (Editor)
Synopsis These essays, originally presented at an international conference, are in the forefront of the modern response to an ancient work that has gained a new critical and social relevance in contemporary scholarship. Approaching the Ramayana from several angles in an attempt to understand its aesthetic and ideological meaning, they examine the epic through the perspectives of textual criticism, art, architecture and film. Thereby they address critical issues such as the seminal status of Valmiki, the underlying problem of canonicity itself, the importance of other – so-called derivative – Ramayanas, the implications of gender representation, and the cultural manipulation of social ideals relating to the position of women and the idealization of love that achieves its highest value in marriage. Using the methods of rigorous textual and historical investigation, each essay seeks not only to uncover the layers of meaning in the complex structure of the epic in its varied forms but also to si
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About the author

Mandakranta Bose

Dr. Mandakranta Bose, who has specialized in the Sanskrit tradition of dramaturgy and dance, teaches Religious Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada where she is Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research. She is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. Some of her recent works include Speaking of Dance: The Indian Critique; Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India; The Dance Vocabulary of Classical India; and Movement and Mimesis: The Idea Dance in the Sanskritic Tradition.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Ramayana Culture: Text, Performance and Iconography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124602247
length xvi+184p., Plates; Index; 23cm