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Essays on the Mahabharata
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Preface

This volume, like the epic it deals with, passed through several stages before assuming its present form. Originally some of these essays appeared in the Journal of South Asian Literature (XX: 1:1-168). I would like the take this opportunity to thank Professor Carlo Coppola for inviting me to edit the section of that issue devoted to the Mahabharata and for permitting me to incorporate in this volume.

Not everyone who wanted to write could do so in time for the issue, and so the idea of a book emerged. In due course the alchemy of patience (and repeated requests) gradually transformed promises into finished products. Thus, after several years of a merely notional existence the book is now in your hands. But then some things are worth waiting for -a sentiment I hope the appearance of this volume will confirm.

From the Jacket

This book is a classic study of a monumental work, the Mahabharata, perhaps the largest epic in world literature. It is an epic study of the epic on account of the voluminous size it has itself attained, the kaleidoscopic variety of the themes it covers, the great diversity of approaches it canvasses, the wide array of contributions it includes and the high standard of scholarship it achieves.

Readership: Students and specialists of Hinduism, comparative religion, comparative literature, comparative mythology and classics.

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University; and was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University. His previous works on Advaita Vedanta include: The Experiential Dimension of Advaita Vedanta (1993); The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta (1995); and The Rope and the Snake: A Metaphorical Exploration of Advaita Vedanta (1997).

He lives in Montreal, Canada.

 

Contents
  Preface ix
I Manuscripts used in the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata: A Survey and Discussion 1
  JOHN DUNHAM  
II The Mahabharata: Stylistic Study, Computer Analysis and Concordance 19
  DANIEL H. H. INGALLS & DANIEL H. H. INGALLS, JR.  
III Karnabhara: The Trail of Karna 57
  BARBARA STOLER MILLER  
IV Urubhanga: The Breaking of the Thighs 68
  EDWIN GEROW  
V Epic Parthenogenesis 84
  MARY CARROLL SMITH  
VI Two Krsnas, Three Krsnas, Four Krsnas, More Krsnas: Dark Interactions in the Mahabharata 101
  ALF HILTEBEITEL  
VII The Original Daksa Saga 110
  KLAUS KLOSTERMAIER  
VIII The Sauptika Episode in the Structure of the Mahabharata 130
  RUTH KATZ  
IX India's fifth Veda: The Mahabharata's Presentation of Itself 150
  JAMES L. FIZGERALD  
X Santarasa in the Mahabharata 171
  GARY A. TUBB  
XI The Epic's Two Grandfathers, Bhisma and Vyasa 204
  BRUCE M. SULLIVAN  
XII Arjuna's Combat with the Kirata: Rasa and Bhakti in Bharavi's Kiratarjuniya 212
  INDIRA V. PETERSON  
XIII The Jaina Mahabharata 251
  B .N. SUMITRA BAI AND ROBERT J. ZYDEBOS  
XIV Ritual and Performance in the Pandavalila of Garhwal 274
  WILLIAM SAX  
XV Raksasa Bhima: Wolfbelly among Ogeres and Brahmans in the Sanskrit Mahabharata and the Venisamhara 296
  DAVID L. GITOMER  
XVI Savitri: Old and New 324
  VIDYUT AKLUJKAR  
XVII The Epic Context of the Bhagvadgita 334
  MADHAV M. DESHPANDE  
XVIII The Battle of Kuruksetra in Topological Transposition 349
  VICTORIA URUBSHUROW and T. R. SINGH  
XIX Arthasastra Categories in the Mahabharata: from Dandaniti to Rajabharma 369
  BRAJ M. SINHA  
XX Snakes, Sattras and the Mahabharata 384
  CHRISTOPHER MINKOWSKI  
XXI Krsna: In Defence of a Devious Divinity 401
  BIMAL KRISHNA MATILAL  
XXII Repetition in the Mahabharata 419
  A. K. RAMANUJAN  
XXIII Himalayan Variations on the Epic Theme 444
  JOHN LEAVITT  
  Contributors 475
  Index 479

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Preface

This volume, like the epic it deals with, passed through several stages before assuming its present form. Originally some of these essays appeared in the Journal of South Asian Literature (XX: 1:1-168). I would like the take this opportunity to thank Professor Carlo Coppola for inviting me to edit the section of that issue devoted to the Mahabharata and for permitting me to incorporate in this volume.

Not everyone who wanted to write could do so in time for the issue, and so the idea of a book emerged. In due course the alchemy of patience (and repeated requests) gradually transformed promises into finished products. Thus, after several years of a merely notional existence the book is now in your hands. But then some things are worth waiting for -a sentiment I hope the appearance of this volume will confirm.

From the Jacket

This book is a classic study of a monumental work, the Mahabharata, perhaps the largest epic in world literature. It is an epic study of the epic on account of the voluminous size it has itself attained, the kaleidoscopic variety of the themes it covers, the great diversity of approaches it canvasses, the wide array of contributions it includes and the high standard of scholarship it achieves.

Readership: Students and specialists of Hinduism, comparative religion, comparative literature, comparative mythology and classics.

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University; and was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University. His previous works on Advaita Vedanta include: The Experiential Dimension of Advaita Vedanta (1993); The Philosophy of Religion and Advaita Vedanta (1995); and The Rope and the Snake: A Metaphorical Exploration of Advaita Vedanta (1997).

He lives in Montreal, Canada.

 

Contents
  Preface ix
I Manuscripts used in the Critical Edition of the Mahabharata: A Survey and Discussion 1
  JOHN DUNHAM  
II The Mahabharata: Stylistic Study, Computer Analysis and Concordance 19
  DANIEL H. H. INGALLS & DANIEL H. H. INGALLS, JR.  
III Karnabhara: The Trail of Karna 57
  BARBARA STOLER MILLER  
IV Urubhanga: The Breaking of the Thighs 68
  EDWIN GEROW  
V Epic Parthenogenesis 84
  MARY CARROLL SMITH  
VI Two Krsnas, Three Krsnas, Four Krsnas, More Krsnas: Dark Interactions in the Mahabharata 101
  ALF HILTEBEITEL  
VII The Original Daksa Saga 110
  KLAUS KLOSTERMAIER  
VIII The Sauptika Episode in the Structure of the Mahabharata 130
  RUTH KATZ  
IX India's fifth Veda: The Mahabharata's Presentation of Itself 150
  JAMES L. FIZGERALD  
X Santarasa in the Mahabharata 171
  GARY A. TUBB  
XI The Epic's Two Grandfathers, Bhisma and Vyasa 204
  BRUCE M. SULLIVAN  
XII Arjuna's Combat with the Kirata: Rasa and Bhakti in Bharavi's Kiratarjuniya 212
  INDIRA V. PETERSON  
XIII The Jaina Mahabharata 251
  B .N. SUMITRA BAI AND ROBERT J. ZYDEBOS  
XIV Ritual and Performance in the Pandavalila of Garhwal 274
  WILLIAM SAX  
XV Raksasa Bhima: Wolfbelly among Ogeres and Brahmans in the Sanskrit Mahabharata and the Venisamhara 296
  DAVID L. GITOMER  
XVI Savitri: Old and New 324
  VIDYUT AKLUJKAR  
XVII The Epic Context of the Bhagvadgita 334
  MADHAV M. DESHPANDE  
XVIII The Battle of Kuruksetra in Topological Transposition 349
  VICTORIA URUBSHUROW and T. R. SINGH  
XIX Arthasastra Categories in the Mahabharata: from Dandaniti to Rajabharma 369
  BRAJ M. SINHA  
XX Snakes, Sattras and the Mahabharata 384
  CHRISTOPHER MINKOWSKI  
XXI Krsna: In Defence of a Devious Divinity 401
  BIMAL KRISHNA MATILAL  
XXII Repetition in the Mahabharata 419
  A. K. RAMANUJAN  
XXIII Himalayan Variations on the Epic Theme 444
  JOHN LEAVITT  
  Contributors 475
  Index 479

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