Historiography: Texts, Theories, Interpretations & Contexts (Compulsory)

- Prof  H.S. Shiva Prakash

The objective of the course is to guide the students through terminological and textual problems and to make them aware of the intricacies of socio-historical contextualization. Against the background of a lack of unanimity on the meanings of key terms in historical and theoretical works on theatre and performance studies, an attempt will be made to introduce the meanings of terms like rasa and dhvani in the source text. The problems of reading these texts though translations will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which inbuilt historical approaches help and impede our understanding of terms and texts in relation to contexts.

Pre-readings:

• Adya Rangacharya, (tr), Natyashastra, 1986, Bangalore, IBH.

• J.L. Masson, and M.V. Patvardhan, Aesthetic Rapture, Vols 1&2, Deccan College, Pune 1970. • M. Hiriyanna, Art Experience, Kavyalaya Publishers, Mysore, 1951

• Bharat Gupt, Dramatic Concepts, Greek and Indian, DK Print World, New Delhi 1994.

• Tolkappiar, Tolkappiam, (trans ES Varadaraja Iyer) Madras, Asian Studies Institute, 1987

• A.K. Ramanujan, Collected Essays, OUP, New Delhi, 1999