Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry

The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond

Jesse Ross Knutson

9-789382-579441

New Delhi, 2016

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210 pages

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At the turn of the twelfth century into the thirteenth, at the court of King Laksmanasena of Bengal, Sanskrit poetry showed profound and sudden changes as a new social scope enlarged and enriched high literature. Courtly and pastoral, rural and urban, cosmopolitan and vernacular confronted each other, resulting in a commingling of high and low styles. A literary salon in what is now Bangladesh, at the eastern extreme of the nexus of regional courtly cultures that defined the age, seems to have implicitly reformulated its entire literary system in the context of the imminent breakdown of the old courtly world, as Turkish power expanded and redefined the landscape. Through close reading of a little-known corpus of texts from eastern India and Bangladesh, Jesse Ross Knutson demonstrates how a local and rural sensibility came to infuse the cosmopolitan language of Sanskrit, creating a regional literary idiom founded on a cosmopolitan-local dialectic that would define the emergence of the Bengali language and its literary traditions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jesse Ross Knutson is Assistant Professor of Sanskrit and Bengali in the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

 

Jesse Ross Knutson

Jesse Ross Knutson, teacher and activist, is Assistant Professor of Sanskrit in the department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.