At the turn of the twelfth-century into the thirteenth, at the
court of King Laksmanasena of Bengal, Sanskrit poetry showed
profound and sudden changes: a new social scope made its definitive
entrance into high literature.a Courtly and pastoral, rural and
urban, cosmopolitan and vernacular confronted each other in a
commingling of high and low styles. A literary salon in what is now
Bangladesh, at the eastern extreme of the nexus of regional courtly
cultures that defined the age, seems to have implicitly
reformulated its entire literary system in the context of the
imminent breakdown of the old courtly world, as Turkish power
expanded and redefined the landscape.a Through close readings of a
little-known corpus of texts from eastern India, this ambitious
book demonstrates how a local and rural sensibility came to infuse
the cosmopolitan language of Sanskrit, creating a regional literary
idiom that would define the emergence of the Bengali language and
its literary traditions."
University of California Press
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||South Asia Across the Disciplines
Jesse Ross Knutson
||Electronic book text - Windows
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