Ethics, Erotics and Aesthetics
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Item Code: NAO656
Author: Ed. Prafulla K. Mishra
Publisher: Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8177020498
Pages: 242
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 440 gm
About the Book

The Book Ethics, Erotic’s and Aesthetics are three important aspects of literature, which are inter connected. The balance of erotic descriptions can only become aesthetic when ethics is adhered to.

This volume is a collection of papers on these three aspects separately and taken together. Some of the very important aspects of literary criticism are selected in this book for the reference of scholars in those fields.

About the Author

Prafulla K. Mishra (b. 1954-Puri) A well-known scholar and a poet of our time. A prolific writer in Sanskrit, English and Oriya; his mystic poems search a new way of creating modern taste for Sanskrit Poetry. He writes on Indian Aesthetics, Vedic studies and Sri Aurobindo studies. As the pioneer of Prachi valley Cultural Academic and Historical Research Society, his exploration of Orissan Cultural History is note-worthy.


When my revered guru, Prof Krishna Chandra Acharya, proposed me to work on poetics of Orissa, I did my best to justify the contribution of Orissa to Sanskrit Poetics. It was probably Gods desire that I should work on the principles of literary criticism. I was pondering over the importance of poetics through ages and was always in search of the contemporary relevance of it. What should be the present status of literary criticism especially of Sanskrit? They are again searched out in a deeper sense in my later work "Post-Mamma tan Sanskrit Poetics from Kashmir to Kalinga". The poets used to write observing the heavenly beauty of the Himalayan range and authors like Utpaladeva, Bhatta Tauta, Lolita, Sankuka and Abhinavagupta -could think of the principle of literature in different perspective of Kashmiri Saivism, the cognizance of Gold in one self. I was beholden by the tradition and found its continuity in eastern seacoast after the devastation of Kashmir Empire.

The principles of literary criticism are also an important aspect of human knowledge in the western part of the world that starts from no less than Aristotle. The principles have witnessed enough changes. But the core of literature remains unchanged. The new jargons are coined, became obsolete and replaced by a new one. Since the task of the rhetoricians is to find out a scientific explanation for the literature, every time they try to revise their earlier view. The nature of literature is subjective, volatile and delicate. To put them under any four quarters of principles don't hold good. But the critics always run after the literature and becomes nearer to him. Most probably it is the appreciator who can only understands the poet but not the poet. Abhinavagupta holds this view of connoisseur being the nearest one of the poet. As a poet sees the entire world as his own, similarly the connoisseur sees, like a Kalidasian dictum, kamisvatam pas'yati. Finally, they after a lot of search, find it comfortable to follow the foot prints of their fore fathers, because they find them everywhere. Be it eastern or the western, it has the same sprit. For which they search for new jargons. But while searching they add new dimensions to the principles of literary criticism. Scholars are tired of the ever-changing definition of poetry and the coinage of new terminology. Sanskrit rhetoricians are quite conservative in using new words but very carefully, they move forward with the works of the predecessors. For this reason commentaries are many times more than the text. Needless to say, the commentators only open new vistas on the theory of rasa. Similar is the case with the other important topics of poetry. There is no end to the development of the domain of knowledge. Time and again scholars used to come and point out new ways of thinking.

I hope this would cater some of the needs of the hour in unfolding the Truth, for, that is the end of the quest.

  Preface  (v)
  Acknowledgement (vii)
  Editorial (ix)
  The Contributors (xiv)
1 Elements of Asthetics in Sanskrit Poetics-S.P. Singh 1
2 Sanskrit Poetics and Aesthetics-Goparaju Rama 10
3 The Indivisible Aesthetic Triad-P.M. Nayak 14
4 Aesthetics and Erotics- Adikanda Sahoo 20
5 Aesthetics and Poetic Expression-Pushpendra Kumar 28
6 Indian Aesthetic : An Introctioduction-Usha Satyavrat 40
7 A Comparative Analysis of Eastern and Western Poetics-G. Parthasaradhi Rao 44
8 The Making of a Poet-Satyavrat Shastry 51
9 The Socio-Political Impact on Sanskrit Literary Criticism-Pratap Bandopadhyaya 60
10 References of Sanskrit Poetics in Modern Literary Criticism-P.R. Ray 67
11 Ethics vis-à-vis- Erotics in Sanskrit Poetics-Prafulla K.Mishra  91
12 Comparative Poetics: Indian and Western-P.G.RAMA Rama Rao 104
13 Representation As Denotation : Arguments From Acarya Sankuka and Nelson Goodman-A.C. Sukla 110
14 Saundaryam-Alamkarah-Anita Karan 126
15 The Society Reflected in the Sixth Chapter of Sahitya Darpana-Amrita Pal 134
16 Aesthetic Aspect of Nari Geetam-R.S. Saini 141
17 The Aesthetic Importance of Employing the Concept of Vada in Mahakavyas (with reference to that between Nala and Damyanti in the Naisadhiyacaritam- Aruna Ranjan Mishra 148
18 Influence of Sanskrit Poetics on Oriya Literature-K.B. Tripathi 159
19 Sanskrit Poetics and Oriya Poetical Tradition : An Aesthetic Approach-Narendranath Misra 169
20 Influence of Sanskrit Poetics on Modern Bengali Literature-Rabindra B.Barua 176
21 Impact of Sanskrit Poetics on Medieval Oriya Literature-B.Rath 190
22 Yasobhusana Tradition : A New Trend of Sanskrit Poetics-Prafulla K. Mishra  196
23 Indian Aesthetics: and Kamasastra-Prafulla K.Mishra 214

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