TAPSA Seminar: Making Minor Genres a Major Issue in Telugu Poetics

Lecture given by Jamal Jones, PhD Candidate, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Starting in the 13th century, the poets and poeticians of Andhra began speaking of cāṭuprabandhas (pleasing compositions). Comparing these works to major Telugu prabandhas or Sanskrit mahākāvyas, poeticians and more recent literary historians have often dismissed these cāṭuprabandha forms as minor genres. This paper attempts to throw some light on how these genres were defined and why they would have been worth defining. Ultimately, I'll argue that the category indexes new poetic forms that had become the main (if not major) work of poetry in Andhra.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:30am
Foster 103