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Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond

Jesse Ross Knutson

Abstract

At the turn of the thirteenth century, at the court of King Lakṣmaṇasena of Bengal, Sanskrit poetry showed profound and sudden changes: a new social scope made its definitive entrance into high literature. Courtly and pastoral, rural and urban, cosmopolitan and vernacular, different styles confronted each other in a commingling of high and low. The poet Govardhana fused literary registers alongside sustained metapoetic commentary, elaborately characterizing his new composite poetry—through implicit self-commentary, he figures himself as a drunkard and his own work as, in some way, wild and cra ... More

Keywords: Sanskrit, literature, kaāvya, Bengal, Bengali, Sena, Baḍu Caṇḍīdās, Govardhana, Jayadeva, early medieval, Lakṣmaṇasena

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282056
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282056.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Ross Knutson, author