Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman

in Śrīnātha

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863020
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932900 | DOI:

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Srinatha lived on in the south Indian tradition as an exemplary figure, the model of a creative poet. Hundreds of oral (catu) verses attempt to come to terms with the meaning of his life and work. In the process they flatten out the volatile fusion of eroticism and devotional ecstasy that characterizes Srinatha’s works. We discuss the modes in which the Telugu literary culture of the seventeenth century and later reconceived of this poet and inserted him into a canonical narrative.

Keywords: Catu; Potana; Srinatha; Bhagavatamu; love poetry

Chapter.  8300 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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