The Sanskrit hero : Karṇa in epic Mahābhārata / by Kevin McGrath.

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Published
  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill 2004
Physical description
1 online resource (260 pages)
ISBN
  • 1429414774
  • 9781429414777
  • 9789004137295
  • 9004137297
  • 9004137297
  • 1280914904
  • 9781280914904
  • 9786610914906
  • 6610914907
  • 9047404920
  • 9789047404927
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-258) and index.
  • Print version record.
  • English.
Contents
  • Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Chapter One: Introduction -- 1. Methods of Approach -- 2. The Text -- Chapter Two: Karna Kaunteya -- 1. A Brief Life -- 2. The Name of Karna -- 3. Epic & Ksatriya -- 4. Simile & Vision -- Chapter Three: Contention & Identity -- 1. Arjuna -- 2. Bhīsma -- 3. Duryodhana -- Chapter Four: Six Speeches -- 1. Sūrya -- 2. Indra -- 3. Krsna -- 4. Kuntī -- 5. Krpa -- 6. Śalya -- Chapter Five: Heroic Counterpoint -- 1. Heroes & Sons -- 2. Arjuna: Agni, Indra, & Śiva -- 3. Yudhisthira & Dharma -- 4. Bhīma -- Chapter Six: Closure.
  • Chapter Seven: Karna Today -- 1. A Song Of Karna -- 2. A Story Of Karna -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y.
Related item
  • Print version:: McGrath, Kevin. Sanskrit hero. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004
Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Electronic books.
  • text
Language
  • English
  • The Mahāhabhārata, a vital Indic epic and a flourishing influence on Indian culture past and present, has surprisingly enough hardly got much attention from scholars in the West. This latest volume in Brill's Indological Library convincingly fills this hiatus. At that, at the hand of the hero Karna, Kevin McGrath develops a view on the nature and function of the hero in epic Indic poetry. Making use of models taken from Indo-European and preliterate studies, a model emerges for 'heroic religion', having to a large extent shaped not only the Indic epics, but also cognate Indo-European epics, such as Homer's Iliad. As a result this work goes beyond Indology, but is of importance to classicists and comparative religionists as well.

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