Vastutas tu: Methodology and the New School of Sanskrit Poetics

Gary Tubb*, Yigal Bronner

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Recognizing newness is a difficult task in any intellectual history, and different cultures have gauged and evaluated novelty in different ways. In this paper we ponder the status of innovation in the context of the somewhat unusual history of one Sanskrit knowledge system, that of poetics, and try to define what in the methodology, views, style, and self-awareness of Sanskrit literary theorists in the early modern period was new. The paper focuses primarily on one thinker, Jagannātha Panditarāja, the most famous and influential author on poetics in the seventeenth century, and his relationship with his important sixteenth-century predecessor, Appayya Dīksita. We discuss Jagannātha's complex system of labeling of ideas as "new" and "old," the new essay style that he used to chart the evolution of ideas in his tradition, his notion of himself as an independent thinker capable of improving the system created by his predecessors in order to protect its essential assets, and the reasons his critique of Appayya was so harsh. For both scholars what emerges as new is not so much their opinions on particular topics as the new ways in which they position themselves in relation to their system.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)619-632
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Indian Philosophy
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alamkāraśāstra
  • Appayya Dīksita
  • Jagannātha Panditarāja
  • Newness
  • Rasagaṅgādhara
  • Sanskrit poetics


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