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In the Shade of the Golden Palace: =Alaol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan

ISBN : 9780190860332

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¥21,450
Author: 
Thibaut d'Hubert
Pages
392 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
165 x 243 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
Series
South Asia Research
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In the Shade of the Golden Palace explores the work of the prolific Bengali poet Alaol (fl. 1651-71), who translated five narrative poems and one versified treatise from medieval Hindi and Persian into Bengali. This book is a unique guide for readers of Middle Bengali poetry, a detailed study of the cultural history of the frontier region of Arakan, and an original contribution to the poetics of South Asian literatures.

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Acknowledgements
Map of Arakan and eastern South Asia in the seventeenth century
Introduction: Poetics in the margins
Chapter 1: The formation of Bengali literature in Arakan (ca. 1430-1638)
Chapter 2: Literary urbanity in Mrauk U
Chapter 3: New beginnings: Alaol's early career in Mrauk U
Chapter 4 Alaol's poetry and Mrauk U's political turmoil
Chapter 5: Alaol's poetics: when locality rhymes with originality
Chapter 6: Indo-Afghan historical imaginaries and the romance genre
Chapter 7: Lyric poetry and desi aesthetics in eastern South Asia
Conclusion: Middle Bengali poetics and the multilingual literary history of Bengal
Bibliography
Appendix 1: Summaries of Alaol's Padmavati and the story of the goldsmith's wife
a. Summary of Alaol's Padmavati
b. The story of the goldsmith's wife in Sayphulmuluk Badiujjamal
Appendix 2: Analytical tables of Alaol's songs
Appendix 3: Original texts of the Middle Bengali and Old Maithili songs
Appendix 4: A Persian appraisal of Alaol's life and works
Index

About the author: 

Thibaut d'Hubert is an assistant professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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