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Author Ollett, Andrew, 1986- author.

Title Language of the snakes : Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the language order of premodern India / Andrew Ollett.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]


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Description 1 online resource
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Summary "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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Subject Prakrit literature -- History and criticism.
Prakrit languages.
Sanskrit literature -- History and criticism.
Language and culture -- India.
Asian history.
Regional and national history.
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
Language and culture. (OCoLC)fst00992135
Prakrit languages. (OCoLC)fst01074636
Prakrit literature. (OCoLC)fst01074642
Sanskrit literature. (OCoLC)fst01105239
India. (OCoLC)fst01210276
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Other Form: Print version: Ollett, Andrew, 1986- Language of the snakes. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520296220 (DLC) 2017018705
ISBN 9780520968813 (electronic bk.)
0520968816 (electronic bk.)
9780520296220 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520296222 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard No. GBVCP 101494502X
AU@ 000059908687

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