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The Resource Disorienting dharma : ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata, Emily T. Hudson

Disorienting dharma : ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata, Emily T. Hudson

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Disorienting dharma : ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata
Title
Disorienting dharma
Title remainder
ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata
Statement of responsibility
Emily T. Hudson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book explores the relationship between ethics, aesthetics, and religion in classical Indian literature and literary theory by focusing on one of the most celebrated and enigmatic texts to emerge from the Sanskrit epic tradition, the Mahabharata. This text, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important sources for the study of South Asian religious, social, and political thought, is a foundational text of the Hindu tradition(s) and considered to be a major transmitter of dharma (moral, social, and religious duty), perhaps the single most important concept in the history of Indian religions. However, in spite of two centuries of Euro-American scholarship on the epic, basic questions concerning precisely how the epic is communicating its ideas about dharma and precisely what it is saying about it are still being explored. Disorienting Dharma brings to bear a variety of interpretive lenses (Sanskrit literary theory, reader-response theory, and narrative ethics) to examine these issues. One of the first book-length studies to explore the subject from the lens of Indian aesthetics, it argues that such a perspective yields startling new insights into the nature of the depiction of dharma in the epic through bringing to light one of the principle narrative tensions of the epic: the vexed relationship between dharma and suffering. In addition, it seeks to make the Mahabharata interesting and accessible to a wider audience by demonstrating how reading the Mahabharata, perhaps the most harrowing story in world literature, is a fascinating, disorienting, and ultimately transformative experience." -- Publisher's description
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Hudson, Emily T
Dewey number
294.5/923046
Index
index present
LC call number
BL1138.26
LC item number
.H83 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
AAR religions in translation
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  • Dharma
  • Suffering
Label
Disorienting dharma : ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata, Emily T. Hudson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-248) and index
Contents
Meaning-without-saying: the implicit literary theory of the Mahābhārata -- Dharma and rupture in the game of dice -- Eyesight of insight: Dhṛtarāṣṭra and moral blindness -- Time that ripens and rots all creatures -- Heaven's riddles or the hell trick: theodicy and narrative strategies
Control code
000392808
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 268 p.
Isbn
9780199860784
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012019813
Other control number
40021876194
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000392808
  • (OCoLC)801810120
Label
Disorienting dharma : ethics and the aesthetics of suffering in the Mahābhārata, Emily T. Hudson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-248) and index
Contents
Meaning-without-saying: the implicit literary theory of the Mahābhārata -- Dharma and rupture in the game of dice -- Eyesight of insight: Dhṛtarāṣṭra and moral blindness -- Time that ripens and rots all creatures -- Heaven's riddles or the hell trick: theodicy and narrative strategies
Control code
000392808
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 268 p.
Isbn
9780199860784
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012019813
Other control number
40021876194
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000392808
  • (OCoLC)801810120

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