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In the Shade of the Golden Palace: =Alaol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan
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In the Shade of the Golden Palace: =Alaol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan (Hardback)

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In the Shade of the Golden Palace explores the work of the prolific Bengali poet =Alaol (fl. 1651-71), who translated five narrative poems and one versified treatise from medieval Hindi and Persian into Bengali. The book maps the genres, structures, and themes of =Alaol's works, paying special attention to his discourse on poetics and his literary genealogy, which included Sanskrit, Avadhi, Maithili, Persian, and Bengali authors. D'Hubert

focuses on courtly speech in =Alaol's poetry, his revisiting of classical categories in a vernacular context, and the prominent role of performing arts in his conceptualization of the poetics of the written word. The foregrounding of this audacious theory of meaning in =Alaol's poetry is a crucial contribution of the book, both in

terms of general conceptual analysis and for its significance in the history of Bengali poetry.



This book shows how multilingual literacy fostered a variety of literary experiments in the remote kingdom of Arakan, which lay between present-day southeastern Bangladesh and Myanmar, in the mid-17th century. D'Hubert also presents a detailed analysis of Middle Bengali narrative poems, as well as translations of Old Maithili, Brajabuli, and Middle Bengali lyric poems that illustrate the major poetic styles in the regional courts of eastern South Asia. In the Shade of the Golden Palace

therefore fulfills three functions: it is a unique guide for readers of Middle Bengali poetry, a detailed study of the cultural history of the frontier region of Arakan, and an original contribution to the poetics of South Asian literatures.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsEthnic studiesBlack & Asian studiesReligion & BeliefsIslam Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 14/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9780190860332  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Thibaut d'Hubert is an assistant professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

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