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South Asian Texts in History
ISBN: 978-93-84082-69-7 • 2015 • HB • 424 pp. • ₹ 1750

South Asian Texts in History: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock*


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edited by Yigal Bronner
Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Whitney Cox
Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Language and Civilizations, University of Chicago.
Lawrence McCrea
Professor of Sanskrit Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University.

This volume charts the contours of a reimagined and revitalized field of Indology in light of Sheldon Pollock’s groundbreaking research. One of the many exciting aspects of Pollock’s work is its unprecedented combination of classical textual study with cutting edge theoretical and social scientific inquiry, a combination which this book sets out to emulate. The essays are organized into five groups that reflect major domains of Pollock’s immense contributions to the field: the epic Ramayana; Sanskrit literature and literary theory; systemic thought in premodern South Asia; the birth of a new vernacular cultural order in the subcontinent during the second millennium CE; and India’s early modernity. While most of these essays concentrate on materials in Sanskrit, there are considerable contributions to the history of Hindi, Tamil and Persian literatures as well. Importantly, this volume presents for the first time an overview of Pollock’s scholarship over the past three decades and also critiques key elements of his theories.


Dan Arnold • Yigal Bronner • Allison Busch • Whitney Cox • Nicholas Dirks • Robert Goldman • Xi He • Sudipta Kaviraj • Rajeev Kinra • Jesse Knutson • Ethan Kroll • Guy Leavitt • Lawrence McCrea • Parimal Patil • Ajay Rao • Ananya Vajpeyi • Blake Wentworth

‘This volume will make a signal contribution to the modern study of South Asia by engaging on many levels with the ideas of a scholar who has revolutionized our understanding of Indian cultural history.’

David Shulman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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