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The Shock of the Old: Locating Innovation in Ancient Traditions

The Shock of the Old: Locating Innovation in Ancient Traditions • • Anna M. Shields The Shock of the Old Kitabkhana 1 49 THE SHOCK OF THE OLD kāvya works” is not intended to be a comprehen- Locating Innovation in Ancient Traditions sive literary history (26), the volume is arranged chronologically and produces, in the end, coher- Anna M. Shields ently linked snapshots in a literary historical nar- rative, if one with gaps and silences. Interestingly, Yigal Bronner, David Dean Shulman, and Gary A. Tubb’s Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a His- this choice to focus on the granularity of the tradi- tory of Kāvya Literature aims to disturb some long- tion may make it more, not less open to readers from other fields, in part because of the contrib - established views on Sanskrit literature — namely, that it became over the course of its long history utors’ sensitivity to the difficulty of the task, sig - naled by that preposition “toward” in the title. As “monolithic, self- replicating, and ultimately ster- ile.” To an outsider to the Sanskrit tradition like a literary historian, I see three scholarly moves in myself, a specialist in Chinese literature of the cen- the volume that suggest some fruitful comparative conversation with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

The Shock of the Old: Locating Innovation in Ancient Traditions

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1089-201X
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• • Anna M. Shields The Shock of the Old Kitabkhana 1 49 THE SHOCK OF THE OLD kāvya works” is not intended to be a comprehen- Locating Innovation in Ancient Traditions sive literary history (26), the volume is arranged chronologically and produces, in the end, coher- Anna M. Shields ently linked snapshots in a literary historical nar- rative, if one with gaps and silences. Interestingly, Yigal Bronner, David Dean Shulman, and Gary A. Tubb’s Innovations and Turning Points: Toward a His- this choice to focus on the granularity of the tradi- tory of Kāvya Literature aims to disturb some long- tion may make it more, not less open to readers from other fields, in part because of the contrib - established views on Sanskrit literature — namely, that it became over the course of its long history utors’ sensitivity to the difficulty of the task, sig - naled by that preposition “toward” in the title. As “monolithic, self- replicating, and ultimately ster- ile.” To an outsider to the Sanskrit tradition like a literary historian, I see three scholarly moves in myself, a specialist in Chinese literature of the cen- the volume that suggest some fruitful comparative conversation with

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: May 1, 2018

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