A Lasting Vision: Dandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters

[RG #145] A Lasting Vision: Dandin’s Mirror in the World of Asian Letters

September 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Organizer: Yigal Bronner (The Hebrew University)

Dandin’s Mirror of Poetry (Kāvyādarśa), a Sanskrit work on poetics composed in South India around 700 CE, is one of the most influential treatises ever produced in Asia.

The work was translated and adapted into a variety of languages in the south of the Indian peninsula and the island of Sri Lanka (Kannada, Tamil, Sinhala, and Pali), travelled to Southeast Asia (Burma and Indonesia), was repeatedly translated in northern and central Asia (Tibet and Mongolia), and may even have exercised influence on poetic praxis in China. Moreover, it is hard to overstate the profound impact of Dandin’s Mirror, which, in distant corners of Asia and at different times, consistently emboldened new literary beginnings.





Asia in the Mirror of Literature (Research Group Conference)

Sun, 13/12/2015 to Thu, 17/12/2015



Yigal Bronner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
David Shulman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


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This workshop will explore the continent-wide success of a single text on poetics, Dandin's Mirror of Literature (Kāvyādarśa), composed in Sanskrit in South India around the year 700 CE.