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Madly after the Muses: Bengali Poet Michael Madhusudan Datta and his Reception of the Graeco-Roman Classics

Alexander Riddiford


The works of the Bengali poet and playwright Michael MadhusudanDatta (1824-1873) engage with various texts of the Graeco-Roman canonand do so in a manner which is often subversive and almost always surprising from a Western point of view. The book marshals new archival evidence to show that the poet knew Latin and Greek well.It examines how his Bengali works, which also engage (inter alia) with the English, Italian, and indigenous Sanskrit and Bengali literary traditions, respond to Graeco-Roman texts. The book’ discussion of various of Madhusudan’s Bengali works demonstrates that the poet’s r ... More

Keywords: michael madhusudandatta, meghnādbadh kābya, nineteenth century, classics, bengal, india, sanskrit, indo-european, indian nationalism, reception, postcolonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199699735
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Riddiford, author
Barrister of the Inner Temple, England