This book, which is published in two volumes, contains most of the papers
presented at the Seventh International Conference on Early Literature in
New Indo-Aryan Languages, held at Venice in 1997. They are grouped in part
by geographical area, in part by subject matter, in a crossing of
boundaries that sharpens the exchange between the two. In fact, they share
a common feature which goes beyond regional specificities. This consists of
the dialectical relationship between two elements, such as popular devotion
as opposed to erudite religious faith, and their respective literary
outputs; or the Muslim and Hindu religions, modified by Hindu-Muslim
synthesis, and the revival of the more specifically Hindu spirit. From
another point of view, where papers have been grouped according to topic,
those imbued with religious sentiment may be read in contrast with those in
which religious sentiment is on a fundamentally aesthetic level.
Note on Transcription
- Part 1
- Hindu-Muslim Cultural Synthesis
- North India and Sind
1. Qazi Qadan: A Pioneer Sindhi Poet / Ali S. Asani
2. In Quest for the Correct Combination: The Home-coming Episode in Maulana
Daud's Indo-Sufi Masnavi Candayan / Naseem Hines
3. Nakh-sikh in Candayan / Shyam Manohar Pandey
4. Madhumalati and Gulsan-i isq: A Question of Originality / Peter Gaeffke
5. Visions of the Unseen: Rhetorical Strategies in Bhakti and Sufi Poetry /
Thomas de Bruijn
6. Jaysi's Citrarekha / Mariola Offredi
- Part 2
- Urdu Drama and Poetry at
the Muslim Courts
7. Heteroglossia in Amanat's Indar Sabha / Kathryn Hansen
8. Dakani's Radha-Krishna Imagery and Canon Formation in Urdu / Carla
- Part 3
- Modern Indian Ismailism
9. Historical and Religious Debates amongst Indian Ismailis 1840-1920 /
- Part 4
- Social Values and Modes of
Devotion in Bengal
10. Textual Confrontations with Female Transgression in the Behula Legend /
11. The Theology of a Lovers' Quarrel: Classical and Contemporary
Interpretations of Krishna's Humiliation / Donna M. Wulff
12. Caitanya's Performances / Bozena Sliwczynska
- Part 5
- Modes of Transmission of
Religion in Gujarat
13. Barahakkhara-kakka of Mahacandra Muni / H. C. Bhayani and Pritam
14. A Unique Unison of the Saguna and the Nirguna in the Agamna Bar Mahina
(The Barmasi) by Kayamuddin Cisti / Balvant Jani
15. The Saraju-Songs
A Living Tradition within the Devi-worship Ritual of the Vaisya Sutar and
Sorathia and Bhopa Rabari of Saurashtra / Hasu Yajnik
16. Sant-vani and Harijan, Mahamargi Bhajan and Ismaili Ginan: A new
appraisal of popular devotion in Saurashtra / Francoise Mallison
- Part 6
- Religious and Literary Traditions
- Maharashtra and the Konkan
17. Jnanadeva's Six-hundred God Ganesa / Gangadhar Morje
18. Vitthal: Sometimes Adored, Sometimes Rejected Changes in Theological
Pattern / Irina Glushkova
19. The Untouchable Women Saint-poets of Maharashtra / Eleanor Zelliot
20. Janabai as a Mystic and Hagiographer / Christopher Shelke, S. J
21. Reconstruction of the History of Medieval Maharashtra through Lavanis /
Varsha S. Shirgaonkar
22. The Beginnings of Konkani Literature / Jose Pereira
- Part 7
- Mahabharata Tradition
in the Vernaculars
23. A Narrative Poet's View of his Material: Visnudas's Introduction to his
Brajbhasa Pandav-carit (AD 1435) / Stuart McGregor
24. The Vaisnava Parvan of the Assamese Mahabharata / W. L. Smith
- Part 8
- Krsna Cult in the Braj Region : A New Appraisal
25. Little Krsna's Play with the Moon / Hans Bakker
26. Uneasy Partners: Balarama as Embodiment of Wilderness / A. Whitney
- Part 9
- Bhakti in Rajasthan
27. Kabir and Mirabai in Folk Traditions of Western Rajasthan: Meghwal and
Manganiyar Repertoires / Nancy M. Martin
28. Kabir: Recited and Sung Today in Rajasthan / Bahadur Singh
29. Mira's Yoga / Maya Burger
- Part 10
- Textual and Oral Transmission
30. A Vajrasuci in Hindi / David N. Lorenzen
31. The Adi Granth of the Sikhs: A Canon? / Winand M. Callewaert
32. Different Voices, Different Songs: Early Anthology Versions of Songs by
Hariram Vyas / Heidi Pauwels
33. The Tradition of Varsotsav-pad-sangrah: A Different Perspective on
Brajbhasa Devotional Poetry / Galina Rousseva-Sokolova
- Part 11
- Secularization of Religious Motifs
- the Eighteenth Century
34. Mundane and Divine Love in Anandghan's Poetry: An eighteenth century
literary debate / Imre Bangha
35. Forms of Poetic Enunciation in Ghananand / Ghanshyam Sharma
- Part 12
- The Ritual and the Popular : Two Ways of Interpreting
in Modern Times
36. Devotional Poetry in Performance: Samajagayana at the Temple of Sri
Radharamana in Vrindaban / Selina Thielemann
37. Bhakti in Hindi Folktales / Teiji Sakata
Researches on Early Literature in New Indo-Aryan Languages in Japan after
1980 / Taigen Hashimoto
List of Contributors
1. Ali S. Asani, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University,
2. Hans Bakker, Institute of Indian Studies, University of Groningen, AS
Groningen, The Netherlands.
3. Imre Bangha, The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, Pusey Lane,
4. Harivallabh C. Bhayani, 25/2 Vimanagar, Satellite Road, Ahmedabad,
5. Mandakranta Bose, Dept. of Religious Studies, Institute of Asian
Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
6. Maya Burger, Department interfacultaire d' histoire et de sciences des
religions, Universite, Lausanne, Switzerland.
7. Winand Callewaert, Dept. of Oriental Studies, Blijde Inkomststraat 21,
8. Thomas de Bruijn, Zuster Meijboomstraat 81, Leiden, The Netherlands.
9. Peter Gaeffke, 343 Llandrillo Road, Bala Cynwyd, USA.
10. Irina Glushkova, Center for Indian Studies, Institute of Orientology,
11. Kathryn Hansen, 189 Grove Street, Montclair, USA.
12. Taigen Hashimoto, Dept. of Indian Philosphy, Toyo University, Tokyo,
13. Naseem Hines, Dept. of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and
Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.
14. Balvant Jani, Dept. of Gujarati Language and Literature, Saurashtra
University, Rajkot, India.
15. David N. Lorenzen, CEEA, EI Colegio de Mexico, Mexico.
16. Francoise Mallison, Les Montezes, 30170 Monoblet, France.
17. Nancy M. Martin, Religion Department, Chapman University, Orange, USA.
18. Stuart McGregor, 79 Thornton Road, Girton, Cambridge, UK.
19. Zawahir Moir, 20 Denning Road, London, UK.
20. Gangadhar Morje, 'Morjai', Behind Sahakari Bank, Sahakar Sabhagrih
Marg, Phule Chowk, Ahmednagar, India.
21. Mariola Offredi, Dipartimento di Studi Eurasiatici, Universita degli
Studi Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Venezia, Italy.
22. Shyam Manohar Pandey, Dipartimento di Studi Asiatici, Istituto
Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy.
23. Heidi Pauwels, Dept. of Asian Languages and Literature, University of
Washington, Seattle, USA.
24. Jose Pereira, 330 Hawthorne Avenue, Yonkers, USA.
25. Carla Petievich, Dept. of History, Montclair State University, Upper
26. Galina Rousseva-Sokolova, Departement Interfacultaire d' histoire et de
science des religions, Universite, Lausanne, Switzerland.
27. Teiji Sakata, 124-34 Aoyagi, Sayama City, Saitama-ken, Japan
28. A. Whitney Sanford, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Religious
Studies Program, Iow, USA.
29. Ghanshyam Sharma, Dipartimento di Studi Eurasiatici, Universita degli
Studi Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Venezia, Italy.
30. Christopher Shelke, SJ, Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Piazza della
Pilotta, Roma, Italy.
31. Varsha S. Shirgaonkar, c/o Dr. S. A. Dange, Girnar, Gokhale Road,
Mulund (East), Mumbai, India.
32. Bahadur Singh, Institut fur Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets,
Neue Rabenstr, Germany.
33. Pritam Singhvi, 4-A, Ramya Apartment, Polytechnic, Ahmedabad, India.
34. Bozena Sliwczynska, Oriental Institute, Warsaw University, Warszawa,
35. William L. Smith, Dept. of Indology, University of Stockholm,
36. Selina Thielemann, c/o Swami Fatehkrishna Sharma, Shri Radha Madhava
Raslila Sansthan, Shri Radhakrishna Bhavan, Vrindaban, India.
37. Donna M. Wulff, Dept. of Religious Studies, Brown University,
38. Hasu Yajnik, 3, Sheetal Plaza, Near Lad Society, Ahmedabad, India.
39. Eleanor Zelliot, Dept. of History, Carleton College, Minnesota, USA.