The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini

ISBN : 9780199482924

Shonaleeka Kaul
222 Pages
136 x 204 mm
Pub date
May 2018
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What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? Offering cogent new answers to these fundamental questions, The Making of Early Kashmir is a cultural history of the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that constituted it into a historical region up to the 12th century CE. It critically reinterprets Kalhana's Rajatarangini, explores its understanding of regional selfhood, and traces Kashmir's connected histories with the rest of India.


List of Illustrations Preface Note on Edition, Translation, and Diacritics 1. Introduction 2. Poetics and the Past: Questions of History in Kalhana's Rajatarangini The History Hypothesis or The History That Wasn't The Literary Hypothesis Is the Rajatarangini a Kavya? Metapoetry and Epistemic Insight 'The River of Kings' as a Flow of Exemplars Critique of Power---and Time 3. Imagined Landscape: Myth, Memory, and Place-Making Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in Kashmir Layers of Landscape Mapping the Land Nature and Ritual Storytelling and the Moral Agency of Nagas Local Imageries Kingdom of Piety or This Troubled Land 4. (Re)locating Early Kashmir: Geoculture of a Region and Beyond From Unique History to Connected Histories Text Material Culture Script Language Art 5. Conclusion Bibliography Index About the Author

About the author: 

Shonaleeka Kaul is a cultural historian of early South Asia, specializing in working with Sanskrit texts. She is associate professor in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

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