On Working with and Learning from Ornaments: An Afterword

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Coming as an afterword to the six papers addressing "Condensed speech" (samāsokti), this short essay assesses their cumulative contribution to our understanding of Dandin's Mirror of Literature (Kāvyādarśa) and its impact. It tries to think of ornaments (alankāra) as primary tools with which we can understand aesthetic theory and practice in South Asia, and which we can also use for analyzing negotiations between its cosmopolitan and vernacular forms (negotiations wherein Dandin's Mirrorplayed a central role).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalRivista degli Studi Orientali
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 2017

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© Copyright by Fabrizio Serra editor, Paisa, Roma.


  • Alankāra
  • Dandin
  • Ornaments
  • Ruyyaka
  • Samāsokti
  • Sanskrit
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
  • Tibetan


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