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The Character of “Character” in Early South Asian Religious Narratives: An Introductory Essay

Black, Brian and Geen, Jonathan (2011) The Character of “Character” in Early South Asian Religious Narratives: An Introductory Essay. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 79 (1). pp. 6-32. ISSN 1477-4585

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Abstract

This essay introduces the five subsequent articles, all of which focus on one or more literary characters from South Asian religious narratives. Covering examples from source texts found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, this essay will introduce the main characters discussed in the subsequent articles, examine some general features pertaining to the “character” of literary characters in South Asian religious narratives, identify some of the scholarly trends and issues in examining character in South Asian religious literature, and highlight our particular contributions to this endeavor. For specialists in South Asian religious traditions, we hope this collection of papers can help open up some new avenues of research; for those readers who focus on other traditions, we hope these papers can help bring to attention some of the wonderfully complex and engaging literary characters that populate the sources of South Asian religious traditions, and provoke analogous work on other traditions and other areas.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 53790
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 May 2012 10:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53790

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