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Poezja jako forma zapisu historii w Indiach przedkolonialnych. Expositio rerum gestarum w traktacie o metodzie



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Poetry as a Form of Historical Record in Precolonial India. Exposito rerum gestarum in the Treatise on the Method

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This article is an attempt to identify history in an early modern text belonging to the Hindi literary tradition. The theoretical foundations that enable such a venture are to be found in the narrativist philosophy of history, since it afforded equal status to those discourses about the past which do not meet the narrow criteria of world-history. V. Rao, D. Shulman and S. Subrahmanyam, in their work on South India, proposed that an analysis of texture allows history to be identified in those compositions that do not belong to the Western tradition of historiography. It is worth verifying whether their method applies to other literary traditions of India. The same researchers undermined the legitimacy of talking about prose as the only possible way of writing history – by claiming that history is written in the dominant literary genre of a particular community, space and time. Their hypotheses are hereby confronted with passages from Bhūṣan’s Śivrājbhūṣaṇ (1673).






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  • Uniwersytet Jagielloński


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