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Language of the snakes : Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the language order of premodern India

Author: Andrew Ollett
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] ©2017
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"Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first few centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the "kavya movement," and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition--as well as underlying identity--between Prakrit  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
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Ollett, Andrew, 1986- author.
Language of the snakes
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017018705
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Ollett
ISBN: 9780520968813 0520968816
OCLC Number: 984512218
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Prakrit in the language order of India --
Inventing Prakrit: the languages of power --
Inventing Prakrit: the languages of literature --
The forms of Prakrit literature --
Figuring Prakrit --
Knowing Prakrit --
Forgetting Prakrit.
Responsibility: Andrew Ollett.

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"Language of the Snakes traces the history of the Prakrit language as a literary phenomenon, starting from its cultivation in courts of the Deccan in the first few centuries of the common era. Although little studied today, Prakrit was an important vector of the "kavya movement," and once joined Sanskrit at the apex of classical Indian literary culture. The opposition--as well as underlying identity--between Prakrit and Sanskrit was at the center of an enduring "language order" in India, a set of ways of thinking about, naming, classifying, representing, and ultimately using languages. As a language of classical literature that nevertheless retained its associations with more demotic language practices, Prakrit both embodies major cultural tensions--between high and low, transregional and regional, cosmopolitan and vernacular--and provides a unique perspective onto the history of literature and culture in South Asia."--Provided by publisher.

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