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Sheldon Pollock

example, at any of the universities in India’s capital city (despite Hindi’s being India’s rashtrabhasha , or national language); Persian has virtually disappeared as an academic subject, and even Sanskrit boasts few scholars of the stature of those of the pre-Independence era. Rare is the Indian (or

Imperial and Philological Encounters in the Early Modern Era

European Readings of the Codex Mendoza

Adrien Delmas

more precisely on the history of a single text produced in this imperial context, the Codex Mendoza , and the different interpretations to which it was subjected in Europe after crossing the Atlantic [Fig. 1]. figure 1 Frontispiece of the Codex Mendoza. 1 Read After Burning The Codex Mendoza was

Jürgen Trabant

school subjects, is the very efficient didactic weapon for the implementation of an Anglophone education. Ambitious parents prepare their children for becoming ceo s by getting their babies into an English speaking crèche and kindergarten, and the happy grandparents finance the move into the Global

Marcel Lepper

The subject area of the philologies is growing. It is growing not only as a result of new questions, which are starting to incorporate political and social processes, cultural practices, old and new media, and traditional and experimental genres. Nor is it growing solely because philologists have

Bīdil’s Portrait

Asceticism and Autobiography

Prashant Keshavmurthy

disciple-readers. 8 In Bīdil’s politically threatened Delhi, as I explain below, this prose style signaled the writer’s mastery over himself as well as the world of “generation and corruption,” the sublunary world that was naturally subject to agitations. His reader-disciples, in turn, would have

Holy Lives as Texts

Saints and the Fashioning of Kashmir’s Muslim Identity

Mufti Mudasir

realism and depth, and a failure to represent the personalities of their subjects as the most notable characteristics of these texts. It is, however, to be remembered that these lives were mostly written to serve as models for the initiates into various mystical paths, and hence offer little in terms of a

Text and Determination

On Racism in 19th Century European Philology

Markus Messling

originates in the epistemic milieu of the emerging discipline of biology in that it exceeds taxonomic thought and subjects history to an inner evolutionary principle. On closer inspection, however, one can see that what is more crucial are in fact the differences to modern biology, which, at around the same

The Limits of Cyclization

Friedrich Schlegel’s Notes ‘On Philology’ as a Form of the Novel Lucinde

Christoph König

philological epic, the historicist distance from what is commented on (which Goethe was painfully aware of in Hermann and Dorothea ) becomes part of literary knowledge. And so on. Two things happen here. First, philology is subjected to the gravitational pull of literary genres and their world: this is

Calligraphic Africa

Notes toward the Location of Philology in Africa

Shamil Jeppie

the forms of fiction and non-fiction, books and journalism are all the subject of study. One thinks here of an intellectual like Solomon Plaatje (1876-1932), whose output covered a range of genres including the novel (the first novel by a black South African), non-fiction, and translations of

Textuality on the Brahmanical ‘Frontier’

The Genre of the Sanskrit Purāṇas

Travis L. Smith

reading in explaining the incongruity between the pañcalakṣaṇa and actual Purāṇic content: the pañcalakṣaṇa scheme, they argue, represented contents of an early Purāṇa corpus. The remaining material—that is, the vast majority of Purāṇic subject matter—was interpolated later by various “priestly