This dissertation provides a historical study of the Tamil literary genre of "Ulā," which depicts a hero's procession through the narrative standpoint of women who become overwhelmed with passion for his beauty. Starting from the earliest Sanskrit expressions of this theme, the dissertation traces the development of the processional genre through Sanskrit court poetry and early Tamil verse up through Tamil theistic texts from the early seventeenth century. This textual genealogy asks why power must be beautiful, and why this conceit became especially important to the Saiva currents of the Tamil poetic tradition.
|Commitee:||Pollock, Sheldon I., Shulman, David D.|
|School:||The University of Chicago|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, South Asian Studies|
|Keywords:||Hinduism, India, Literature, Philology, Procession, Procession of the lord, South India, Tamil, Ula|
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