Srinatha: The Poet who Made Gods and Kings

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This groundbreaking cultural biography of Srinatha, arguably the most creative figure in the thousand-year history of Telugu literature., shows how the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century poet revolutionized the classical tradition and effectively created the classical genre of sustained, thematically focused, coherent large-scale compositions. Some of his works are proto-novellas: self-consciously fictional, focused on the development of characters, and endowed with compelling, fast-paced plots. Though entirely rooted in the cultural world of medieval south India, Srinatha is a poet of universal resonance and relevance. Narayana Rao and Shulman provide extended translations of Srinatha's major works and show how the poet bridged gaps between oral (improvised) poetry and fixed literary works; between Telugu and the classical, pan-Indian language of Sanskrit; and between local and trans-local cultural contexts. This wide-ranging and perceptive study reveals Srinatha place in a great classical tradition in a moment of profound cultural transformation.

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David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at Hebrew University and a specialist in the languages and literatures of southern India. Velcheru Narayana Rao is a visiting professor at Emory University. Together these two scholars have translated several classical works from Telugu; they are now completing a translation of Allasani Peddana's Manu-caritramu, often considered the acme of the classical Telugu tradition.

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"It is impossible to slap a label on this book. It begins as a biography (a rare genre for this culture) of Srinatha , a poet who lived in Andhra, in South India, in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. But then it goes on to combine hardheaded historical contextualization with a generous appreciation of the rich web of legends about Srinatha, all informed by lyrical translations and brilliant readings of his poems.... The works of Srinatha , like this work of Shulman and Narayana Rao, are playful, rejoicing in comic incongruity and exuberant excess, no holds barred. The authors rightly insist that you do not need to know Telugu to read this book and that readers will recognize here much that resonates with their knowledge of other great literatures. It's a great read."
--Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago


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