Author: K Ayyappa Paniker
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120725026
This book is an attempt to provide a bird’s-eye view of the efforts made by Indians in the past, to arrive at various strategies in the art of narration. It identifies ten major models of narration, with occasional comments on their possible impact on the Western narrators.
Without going into elaborate details about each of these strategies, it tries to highlight the awareness with which Indian storytellers have established very clear demarcations within the highly variegated panorama of the art and science of the Indian narrative, which has often been ignored or neglected by comparative literature experts, both inside India and outside.
It identifies ten major models of narration, with occasional comments on their possible impact on the Western narrators. These models are: the Vedic, the Puranic, the Itihasa, the Srnkhla, the Anyapadesha, the Mahakavya, the Dravidian, the Folk-Tribal, and the Mishra. The introductory chapter outlines the theory and practice of the narrative in India, while the concluding chapter discusses the relation between narrative and narratoloy.
The Appendix briefly outlines the Asian narrative tradition.
The Theory and Practice of the Narrative in India
The Vedic / Encrypted Narrative: Rg Veda Model
The Purana / Saga Narrative: Bhagavata Model
The Itihasa / Epic Narrative: Ramayana / Mahabharata Model
The Srnkhala /Chain Narrative: Kathasaritsagara Model
The Anyapadesa / Allegorical Narrative: Pancatantra Model
The Mahakavya /Grand Narrative: Raghuvamsa Model
The Buddhist /Jain Narrative: The Jataka Model
The Dravidian Narrative: Cilappatikaram Model
The Folk / Tribal Narrative: Multiple Models
The Misra /Miscellaneous Narratives
Narrative versus Narratology
Appendix: The Asian Narrative Tradition