Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Yearning for a dreamed real: The procession of the lord in the Tamil ulās
by Wentworth, Blake Tucker, Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2011, 484; 3487648
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doniger, Wendy
Commitee: Pollock, Sheldon I., Shulman, David D.
School: The University of Chicago
Department: Divinity
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
Publication Number: 3487648
ISBN: 9781267071590
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