Reception Configurations: The Case of European Epic in India

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)


The Indian epic of the modern era, Michael Madhusudan Datta’s (1824–1873) Bengali epic, The Slaying of Meghanada, and Aurobindo Ghose’s (1872–1950) English Savitri are vivid examples of how literary networks in the colonial context can operate. Although the relationship between the author and his or her reservoir of models may be both politically and culturally asymmetrical, this essay argues that in the process of reception the author sets out to position himself or herself in a symmetrical cultural relationship to his or her repository of literary precursors.


Moral Vision Literary Tradition East India Company Ancient Text Epic Poetry 
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  • Brenda Deen Schildgen
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  1. 1.Comparative LiteratureUC DavisDavisUSA

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