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A Political History of Literature: Vidyapati and the Fifteenth Century

Pankaj Jha


Vidyapati was a poet and a scholar who lived in the fifteenth century north Bihar and composed nearly a dozen texts on varied themes in three languages. The book focuses on three of Vidyapati’s texts: Likhanāvalī, a Sanskrit treatise on writing letters and documents; Puruṣaparīkṣā, a Sanskrit compilation of mytho-historical stories focused on masculinity and political ethics; and Kīrtilatā, a political biography in Apabhraṃśa of a prince of Mithila composed in the ākhyāyikā style. Together, these compositions provide an exciting entry point into the knowledge formations of the fifteenth centur ... More

Keywords: Vidyapati, Fifteenth Century, documentation, insha, Literary Culture, Cultural Politics, Knowledge Formation, Literature and History, Vernacularization, Sanskrit, nīti

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199489558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pankaj Jha, author
Associate Professor, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi