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In the Shade of the Golden Palace: Alaol and Middle Bengali Poetics in Arakan

Thibaut d'Hubert


In the Shade of the Golden Palace explores the oeuvre of the prolific Bengali poet and translator Alaol (fl. 1651–1671), who rendered five narrative poems and one versified treatise from medieval Hindi and Persian into Bengali. The book maps the genres, structures, and themes of Alaol’s works, paying special attention to the poet’s own discourse on poetics and his literary genealogy, which included Sanskrit, Avadhi, Maithili, Persian, and Bengali authors. The monograph shows how a variety of literary experiments fostered by multilingual literacy took place in a seemingly remote corner of the B ... More

Keywords: poetics, cultural history, translation, Middle Bengali language and literature, Arakan, Bengal, Indo-Persian culture, Sufi Romance, South Asian vernacular lyric poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190860332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190860332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thibaut d'Hubert, author
Assistant Professor of South Asian Language and Civilizations, University of Chicago