Semester : First Semester
Author : Ilanko Atikal
Editor : B Mangalam
Ilango Adigal’s epic the Silappadhikaram is one of the five major epics in Tamil language. An engrossing tale of love, sorrow, wrath, justice and kingship, the epic has engaged readers immensely over the centuries. The narrative is spread over the three kingdoms of Chozha, Pandiya and Chera in the ancient land of the Tamils. The poem depicts a pluralist society that values justice, and accountability of the king towards his subjects. Kannagi’s questioning of an erring king and her wrath at injustice raises her to the stature of a goddess in its third Book, The Book of Vanci. The poetic conventions of the puram domain are depicted in The Book of Vanci and are discussed in detail in the critical commentary of this volume. This critical edition of The Book of Vanci provides an introduction to Sangam literature, a critical commentary on all the 30 Cantos of the Silappadhikaram along with an analysis of a selection of agam and puram songs. Essays by VijayaRamaswamy, M.S.S. Pandian, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan draw our attention to this epic’s impact on cultural, political and performative domains in contemporary society. Prof. B. Mangalam teaches English at Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi. She has worked on Caste and Gender intersectionality in Tamil Dalit fiction and theatre. She translates from Tamil and Hindi to English. She has edited Pride and Prejudice, Paradise Lost (Bk. IX), The Balcony, IlangoAdigal’sSilappadhikaram (Worldview) .
ENGLISH HONOURS FIRST SEMESTER (FOUR YEAR) DELHI UNIVERSITY
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