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Olivelle: Collected Essays 1

Olivelle, Patrick:
Collected Essays 1 : language, texts and society ; explorations in ancient Indian culture and religion / Patrick Olivelle. - Firenze : Firenze University Press, 2008. - 419 S. - (Biblioteca scientifica universale ; 2)
ISBN 978-88-8453-729-4
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[Dieser Band ist ursprünglich bereits 2005 unter dem Titel: Language, texts and society erschienen, siehe Indologica]
[Vol. 2 siehe Olivelle: Collected Essays 2]

The first volume of Collected Essays brings together research papers of Olivelle published over a period of about ten years. The unifying theme of these studies is the search for historical context and developments hidden within words and texts. Words and the cultural history represented by words that scholars often take for granted as having a continuous and long history are often new and even neologisms and thus provide important clues to cultural and religious innovations. Olivelle's book on the Āśramas, as well as the short pieces included in this volume, such as those on ānanda and dharma, seek to see cultural innovation and historical changes within the changing semantic fields of key terms. Closer examination of numerous Sanskrit terms taken for granted as central to Hinduism, provide similar results. Indian texts have often been studied in the past as disincarnate realities providing information on an ahistorical and unchanging culture. This volume is a small contribution towards correcting that method of textual study. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. 7
Abbreviations. 9
1. Young Śvetaketu: A Literary Study of an Upaniṣadic Story. 13
2. Dharmaskandhāḥ and brahmasaṃsthaḥ: A Study of Chāndogya Upaniṣad 2.23.1. 53
3. Orgasmic Rapture and Divine Ecstasy: The Semantic History of ānanda. 75
4. Amṛtā: Women and Indian Technologies of Immortality. 101
5. Power of Words: The Ascetic Appropriation and the Semantic Evolution of dharma. 121
6. Semantic History of Dharma: The Middle and Late Vedic Periods. 137
7. Explorations in the Early History of Dharmaśāstra. 155
8. Structure and Composition of the Mānava Dharmaśāstra. 179
9. Caste and Purity: A Study in the Language of the Dharma Literature. 217
10. Rhetoric and Reality: Women’s Agency in the Dharmaśāstras. 247
11. Manu and Gautama: A Study in Śāstric Intertextuality. 261
12. Manu and the Arthaśāstra: A Study in Śāstric Intertextuality. 275
13. Unfaithful Transmitters: Philological Criticism and Critical Editions of the Upaniṣads. 287
14. Sanskrit Commentators and the Transmission of Texts: Haradatta on Āpastamba-Dharmasūtra. 301
15. Hair and Society: Social Significance of Hair in South Asian Traditions. 321
16. Abhakṣya and Abhojya: An Exploration in Dietary Language. 351
17. Food for Thought: Dietary Rules and Social Organization in Ancient India. 367
References. 395
Index. 413

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PATRICK OLIVELLE was the Chair, Department of Asian Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions. Among his recent publications are The Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads (Oxford, 1992), The Āśrama System (Oxford, 1993), Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism (State University of New York Press, 1994), The Early Upanisads: Annotated Text and Translation (Oxford 1998), Dharmasütras: Annotated Text and Translation (Motilal Banarsidass, 2000), Manu's Code of Law: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Mānava-Dharmaśāstra (Oxford, 2005), and Dharmasütra Parallels (Motilal Banarsidass, 2005). His translations of Upaniṣads, Pañcatantra, Dharmasūtras, and The Law Code of Manu were published in Oxford World's Classics in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004.

Quellen: Firenze University Press; Casalini; Google Books; WorldCat.

Von Patrick Olivelle haben wir in Indologica bereits die folgenden Werke erfaßt:
1. [21.06.2004] Olivelle: The law code of Manu (2 Titel)
2. [13.01.2005] Olivelle: Manu's Code of Law
3. [28.01.2006] Olivelle: Dharmasutra parallels
4. [30.04.2006] Olivelle: The five discourses on worldly wisdom
5. [17.08.2006] Olivelle: Between the Empires
6. [22.08.2006] Olivelle: Language, texts and society
7. [12.03.2008] Asvaghosa: Life of the Buddha