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Author Reich, James D., author.

Title To savor the meaning : the theology of literary emotions in medieval Kashmir / James D. Reich
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 271 pages)
Series South Asia research
South Asia research (New York, N.Y.)
Contents Ānandavardhana and the metaphysics of literature -- Abhinavagupta's theology -- Abhinavagupta's literary theory -- Mahimabhaṭṭa on literary knowing -- The will of objects -- Mahimabhaṭṭa on literary being : the pragmatic use of illusion
Summary "Medieval Kashmir in its golden age saw the development of some of the most sophisticated theories of language, literature, and emotion articulated in the pre-modern world. These theories, enormously influential on the later intellectual history of South Asia, were written at a time when religious education was ubiquitous among intellectuals, and when religious philosophies were hotly and publicly debated. It was also a time of deep interreligious influence and borrowing, when traditions intermixed and intellectuals pushed the boundaries of their own inheritance by borrowing ideas from many different places-even from their rivals. To Savor the Meaning examines the overlap of literary theory and religious philosophy in this period by looking at debates about how poetry communicates emotions to its readers, what it is readers do when they savor these emotions, and why this might be valuable. Focusing on the work of three influential figures--Ānandavardhana [ca. 850 AD], Abhinavagupta [ca. 1000 AD], and the somewhat lesser known theorist Mahimabhaṭṭa [ca. 1050 AD]--this book gives a broad introduction to their ideas and reveals new, important, and previously overlooked aspects of their work and their debates, placing them within the wider context of the religious philosophies current in Kashmir at the time, and showing that their ideas cannot be fully understood in isolation from this broader context"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 25, 2021)
Subject Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka
Ānandavardhana, active 9th century
Mahimabhaṭṭa, active 11th century
Abhinavagupta, Rājānaka.
Ānandavardhana, active 9th century.
Mahimabhaṭṭa, active 11th century.
Dhvani (Poetics)
Emotions in literature.
Kashmir Śaivism -- India -- Jammu and Kashmir -- History -- To 1500
Poets, Sanskrit -- India -- Jammu and Kashmir
Religion and literature -- India -- Jammu and Kashmir
Religion -- Philosophy.
Sanskrit poetry -- History and criticism.
Dhvani (Poetics)
Emotions in literature.
Kashmir Śaivism.
Poets, Sanskrit.
Religion and literature.
Religion -- Philosophy.
Sanskrit poetry.
India -- Jammu and Kashmir.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020056490
ISBN 0197544843
Other Titles Theology of literary emotions in medieval Kashmir