Introduction

Yigal Bronner*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Abstract

The book’s introductory chapter explores the broad contours of the Asian story of Dandin’s Mirror (Kāvyādarśa) by comparing it to the tale of Aristotle’s Poetics. The introduction also places Dandin’s work in the context of Sheldon Pollock’s theory of the Sanskrit cosmopolis and its subsequent vernacularization. The chapter shows that the Mirror’s amazing success in Kannada, Sinhala, Pali, Tamil, Tibetan, and other literary cultures can our expand understanding of the cosmopolitan values and of its transmission networks (here emphasizing the Buddhist monastic and intellectual network, in addition to Pollock’s focus on the royal court). The introduction also offers an overview of textual strategies used in response to the Mirror, with a focus on selectivity and retention, playfulness and distinction, and, finally, remodeling and repurposing. The introduction concludes with a comment on the future orientation of Dandin as related to its lasting impact in different parts of Asia.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationA Lasting Vision
Subtitle of host publicationDandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages1-49
Number of pages49
ISBN (Electronic)9780197642924
ISBN (Print)9780197642924
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • Aristotle
  • Buddhism
  • Dandin
  • Kannada
  • Sanskrit cosmopolis
  • Sheldon Pollock
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
  • Tibet
  • Vernacularization

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