Madly After the Muses

Madly After the Muses

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Madly after the Muses examines the use of Graeco-Roman samplings in the Bengali works of Michael Madhusudan Datta (1824-1873), the nineteenth-century poet and playwright. Though steeped in contemporary British literary culture, Madhusudan's Bengali works bypass the literary trends of his British contemporaries and, most strikingly, used the Western classics to defy the hegemonic elite culture of the Hindu pundits. He treated traditional Hindu materialwith innovations inspired by the literature of the Graeco-Roman world, and provided an Orientalist Indo-European reading of the ancient cultures of India and Europe. By subverting contemporary British constructions of what constituted 'classical', he also highlighted counter-currents within the Western classicaldiscourse. In this volume, Riddiford introduces new texts and contexts to the fields of classical reception and postcolonial scholarship, and includes appendices with translated excerpts from Bengali works not previously translated into English.... written an English prize essay on the importance of educating Hindu women. 107 Madhusudana#39;s reception of Ovida#39;s H eroides in the BK ... his discussions of his own literary aspirations: a#39;I would sooner reform the Poetry of my country than wear the imperial diadem of all the ... a voice in traditional accounts, 109 and implicitly a#39;correctsa#39; the Sanskrit literary tradition by allowing them to speak for themselves.

Title:Madly After the Muses
Author: Alexander Riddiford
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2013-03-14

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