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Language, Linguistics and Literature: The Indian Perspective

Kapil Kapoor (Editor)
Synopsis This collection of eighteen essays articulates the structures of thought available in the Indian intellectual traditions in language, grammar and poetics. A whole range of issues relating to theory, pedagogy and analysis are taken up : the oral tradition and its texts, the structure of oral narratives, the limits of lexical meaning, the question of appropriate poetics, grammar as the primary model of knowledge and the epistemological status of metaphors are some of the issues that have considerable theoretical significance and contemporary relevance as well. The conceptual frames emerging from these structures of signification are shown to be interwoven with, and pertinent for, the actual English language teaching practices and the analyses of English literary Texts. This collection demonstrate the value of interactive scholarship particularly in the fields of language, literary theory and epistemology in which India has Known traditions of texts and thinkers. It thus, also constitutes an argument for re-locating modern Indian scholarship in its original roots — the classical Sanskrit tradition. At the same time, the essays in this collections establish the validity of applying Indian explanatory constructs for contemporary objects by demonstrating the ability of their analytical systems to explicate both the modern structures of signification and the Indian response to them.
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About the author

Kapil Kapoor

Kapil Kapoor (b. 1940) is Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1997-1999 and Rector of the University from 1999-2002. His teaching and research interests include literary and linguistic theories - both Indian and Western, philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought, and Indian intellectual traditions. He has been lecturing on these themes and has written extensively on them. He has been teaching for almost forty-five years now. Literary Theory - Indian Conceptual Framework (1998); Canonical Texts of Literary Criticism (1995); Language, Literature and Linguistics - The Indian Perspective (1994); and South Asian Love Poetry (1994) and Text and Interpretation in the Indian Tradition (2005)are among his publications.

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Title Language, Linguistics and Literature: The Indian Perspective
Author Kapil Kapoor
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171880649
length 214p.