Stasik, Danuta (Hrsg.): Oral-Written-Performed: The Rāmāyaṇa Narratives in Indian Literature and Arts , Heidelberg: CrossAsia, 2020. https://doi.org/10.11588/xabooks.530


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Danuta Stasik (Hrsg.)


The Rāmāyaṇa Narratives in Indian Literature and Arts

The Rāmāyaṇa tradition is well known for an inexhaustible variety of forms and narrative structures transmitted by different media. Oral–Written–Performed examines selected textual, oral, visual and performing forms in which the Rāma story has functioned in Indian literature and arts. It also investigates the techniques that transform the Rāmāyaṇa narratives. The volume addresses the question how narratives become vehicles for literary conventions and ideologies expressive of diverse sectarian concerns, or cultural values. It is an excellent companion to earlier publications on the Rāmāyaṇa tradition and indispensable reading for students of South Asian literature, arts and religion.

Danuta Stasik is Professor at the University of Warsaw, where she teaches courses on Hindi literature, North Indian culture and society. Her research focuses mainly on the history of Hindi literature and literary criticism, the Rāmāyaṇa tradition, as well as on the Indian diaspora in the West.


Table of Contents
Note on Transliteration
Danuta Stasik
On and Off the Rāmāyaṇa Narrative Paths
An Introduction
Monika Nowakowska
Rāmavat Bhīṣma
Epic Narratives as a Source of Illustrations for Hermeneutical Discussions on dharma
John Brockington
Stories in Stone
Sculptural Representations of the Rāma Narrative
Stefania Cavaliere
Dhārmik Kings in Courtly Agendas
The Figure of Rāma in the Works of Keśavdās
Mary Brockington
Showing What Is Not
The Use of Illusion in Classical Sanskrit Rāma Plays
Bożena Śliwczyńska
The Rāmāyaṇa Story in the Cākyār Kūttu Format
Paula Richman
Sreekantan Nair’s Rāvaṇa in Laṅkālakṣmi
Alexander Dubyanskiy
Specific Features of the Tamil Ballad
Kucalavaṉ katai (The Story of Kusalavan)
Danielle Feller
Rivers of rasa and Hearts of Stone
The Female Voice of Pathos in Bhavabhūti’s Uttararāmacarita
Sohini Sarah Pillai
From Villainess to Victim
Contemporary Representations of Śūrpaṇakhā
Adrian Plau
Vernacular Jain Rāmāyaṇas as Satī-Kathās
Familiar Structure, Innovative Narrative
Danuta Stasik
On Fire Ordeal
Who and Why? Ācārya Tulsī’s Agni-parīkṣā or a Modern Jain Telling of the Rāmāyaṇa
On the Contributors