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Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Emily T. Hudson


This book explores the relationship between ethics, aesthetics, and religion in classical Indian literature and literary theory by focusing on one of the most celebrated and enigmatic texts to emerge from the Sanskrit epic tradition, the Mahābhārata. This text, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important sources for the study of South Asian religious, social, and political thought, is a foundational text of the Hindu tradition(s) and considered to be a major transmitter of dharma (moral, social, and religious duty), perhaps the single most important concept in the history of I ... More

Keywords: Mahābhārata, dharma, suffering, ethics, literary theory, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860760
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily T. Hudson, author
Boston University