Special Issue "Seeing and Reading: Art and Literature in Pre-Modern Indian Religions"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 March 2020).
Interests: classical religions of India–Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism; Indian art and literature
Interests: Indian and Southeast Asian Art and culture
This issue brings together articles about the interplay between the visual arts and literature in pre-modern Indian religions. They explore the novel ways in which sculpture, painting, architecture, even textiles, made use of literary sources or themselves figured in literary works. For example, illustrations on manuscripts had a complex relationship to the written words, sometimes ignoring them, but at other times depicting even their most subtle word-plays; cults of miraculous images drew on widely known stories like the Mahābhārata and further depended on written and oral sources to spread accounts of the miracles; temples, like cities, were the focus of elaborate descriptions in poetry and drama, while techniques of dyeing cloth became metaphors for the firmness of religious commitment and knowledge. For scholars today unusual features in sculpture or painting can help illuminate the history of textual accounts and shed light on the transmission of religious ideas across cultures. The essays together provide a template for deepening our understanding of art and religion in India by reading and seeing in consort.
Dr. Phyllis Granoff
Dr. Sonya Rhie Mace
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