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1st Edition

Great Indian Epics
International Perspectives

ISBN 9781032158631
Published November 24, 2021 by Routledge
182 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume brings together a number of seminal studies pre­sented at the International Conference on Great Indian Epics held in February 2019 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi by scholars from various parts of the world. Each article adds a new dimension to the subject with historical scholarship and critical interpretation, reflecting compre­hensiveness, unity, clarity and rightness of perception. This definitive work adds to our knowledge of the epics and their infinite influence.
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Table of Contents

1. The Tradition of the Mahābhārata in  Eastern India: Similarities and Variations 2. Peace or War?: Remarks on the Pre-war  Deliberations in the Sāraḷā Mahābhārata 3. Why the Common Roots of Homer and Vyāsa? 4. On the Palm-leaf Manuscript of the  Sāraḷā Mahābhārata Discovered in Japan 5. The Rebirth of an Epic: Siddheswar’s  Bichitra Rāmāyaṇa   6. The Sāraḷā Mahābhārata in the Cultural  Context of Odisha 7. The Relevance of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa  for Transforming Leaders and Leadership  8. Representation in Medieval Epic Narrative:  Locating Narrative Theory and Praxis  in Sāraḷā Mahābhārata 9. Vernacularization of Indian Epics: A Silent Subaltern Awakening 10. Biardeau’s Rendering of the Mahābhārata  in the French Indological Traditions  11. Epics as Pandora’s Box to Seek Answers of  the Present in the Past for the Future 12. Relevance of the Mahābhārata in  Contemporary Political Thought

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Udayanath Sahoo is Adikabi Sarala Das Chair Professor for Odia Studies at Centre for Indian Languages, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. An international researcher of epic narrative, he has done extensive comparative research on the tradition of Mahabharata and Bhagvata in eastern India. His research area also includes linguistic analysis, machine translation and textual criticism of palm-leaf manuscripts.

Shobha Rani Dash is at the Department of Buddhist Studies, Otani University, Kyoto, Japan. Her research area is textual criticism of palm-leaf manuscripts.