Donnerstag, 23. Juni 2016, 18:15 - 19:45 iCal

On the Persian influences

in the works of Jagann?tha Pa??itar?ja

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Timothy Cahill, Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans



Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Universitätscampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Timothy Cahill is an associate professor in Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans. He specializes in the religious traditions of South Asia as revealed in literary texts. Dr. Cahill first trained in Sanskrit at Andhra University in South India, before taking up graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has edited a bibliography of Indian poetics, documenting the scholarship of the ancient systems of literary analysis. He has written a number of book reviews and articles, including contributions to the Oxford Bibliography Online. He is currently editing a collection of Sanskrit poetry and translating the first portion of Jagann?tha’s Rasaga?g?dhara. His profiles of Asian religious centers in the New Orleans area are available online via the Pluralism Project: .


The lecture will explore some of the recent claims of Persian influence in the works of Jagann?tha Pa??itar?ja, a well known poet and literary critic of the 17th century. His presence at the Mughal court for two decades makes it plausible to assume a link to specific Persian literary practices. We consider some of these suggested influences by reviewing his two major works: the Rasaga?g?dhara and the Bh?min?vil?sa. Borrowing R. Young’s concept of “resistant Hinduism“ may help us reconsider the strategies deployed by Jagann?tha in both ??stra and k?vya genres.

Select themes of Indian poetics will be explored, along with poetic models from earlier poets. The evidence for influence will be considered in light of a long established proclivity among scholars to extract biographical material from selected poems.

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Judith Starecek
Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
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