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Licence and faithfulness: Taking liberties with kathā in classical Sanskrit poetry and aesthetics

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This article concerns techniques whereby poets of classical Sanskrit literature (kāvya) interacted with their story materials (kathās), and conceptions in medieval Indian poetics (alaṃkāraśāstra) concerning their interaction. Taking ample poetic liberties enabled poets (kavis) of this tradition to assert their independence from canonical versions of their sources. Two court epics (mahākāvyas), the Surathotsava and the Durgāvilāsa, which refashion the tale of a Purāṇic legend the Devīmāhātmya,...

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Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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Department:
Oxford, HUM, Oriental Studies Faculty
Publisher:
Association for the Study of the History of Indian Thought Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Indological Studies Journal website
Issue:
26-27
Pages:
83-142
Publication date:
2016
ISSN:
2432-5856
Pubs id:
pubs:656044
URN:
uri:11a84fe4-c0bd-4daf-a2f2-a1f5ecb85c67
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uuid:11a84fe4-c0bd-4daf-a2f2-a1f5ecb85c67
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pubs:656044

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