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Theatre and Its Other

Rosine-Alice Vuille Krishna Sobti’s Views on Literature and the Poetics of Writing: Theoretical Positions and Literary Practice in Modern Hindi Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022 ( Welten Süd- und Zentralasiens / Worlds of South and Inner Asia / Mondes de l'Asie du Sud et de l'Asie Centrale, 12)

How does a writer discuss her creative process and her views on a writer’s role in society? How do her comments on writing relate to her works? The Hindi writer Krishna Sobti (1925-2019) is known primarily as a novelist. However, she also extensively wrote about her views on the creative process, the figure of the writer, historical writing, and the position of writers within the public sphere. This study is the first to examine in detail the relationship between Sobti’s views on poetics as exposed in her non-fictional texts and her own literary practice. The writer’s self-representation is analysed through her use of metaphors to explain her creative process. Sobti’s construction of the figure of the writer is then put in parallel with her idiosyncratic use of language as a representation of the heterogeneous voices of her characters and with her conception of literature as a space where time and memory can be "held." At the same time, by delving into Sobti’s position in the debate around "women’s writing" (especially through the creation of a male double, the failed writer Hashmat), and into her views on literature and politics, this book also reflects on the literary debates of the post-Independence Hindi literary sphere. Zur Verlagswebsite

Elisa Ganser Theatre and Its Other: Abhinavagupta on Dance and Dramatic Acting. Leiden: Brill, 2022 (Gonda Indological Studies, 23)

What is Dance? What is Theatre? What is the boundary between enacting a character and narrating a story? When does movement become tinted with meaning? And when does beauty shine alone as if with no object? These universal aesthetic questions find a theoretically vibrant and historically informed set of replies in the oeuvre of the eleventh-century Kashmirian author Abhinavagupta. The present book offers the first critical edition, translation, and study of a crucial and lesser known passage of his commentary on the Nāṭyaśāstra, the seminal work of Sanskrit dramaturgy. The nature of dramatic acting and the mimetic power of dance, emotions, and beauty all play a role in Abhinavagupta’s thorough investigation of performance aesthetics, now presented to the modern reader. Zur Verlagswebsite

Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan (eds.) Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism (6 vols). Leiden: Brill, 2014.

  • Volume I: Regions, Pilgrimage, Deities ISBN 978 90 04 17641 6
  • Volume II: Sacred Texts, Ritual Traditions, Arts, Concepts ISBN 978 90 04 17893 9
  • Volume III: Society, Religious Specialists, Religious Traditions, Philosophy ISBN 978 90 04 17894 6
  • Volume IV: Historical Perspectives, Poets/Teachers/Saints, Relation to Other Religions and Traditions, Hinduism and Contemporary Issues ISBN 978 90 04 17895 3
  • Volume V: Religious Symbols, Hinduism and Migration, Some Modern Religious Groups and Teachers ISBN 978 90 04 17896 0
  • Volume VI: Indices ISBN 978 90 04 17896 0


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