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A Hundred Measures of Time: Tiruviruttam by Nammalvar
A Hundred Measures of Time: Tiruviruttam by Nammalvar
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The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Nammalvar (c. ninth century CE) the greatest of the alvar poet-saints of the Tamil Srivaisnava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between an anonymous heroine and hero, who come to be identified with Nammalvar and his beloved deity, Visnu. The poet masterfully weaves the erotic and esoteric to reveal both the contours of love and the never-ending cycles of separation and union, of birth and death, from which only Visnu can offer release.

 

In A Hundred Measures of Time, Archana Venkatesan has crafted a sonorous free-verse rendering and an accompanying far-ranging essay to delight poetry lovers and scholars alike.

 

About the Author

 

Archana Venkatesan is associate professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous grants, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies and Fulbright. Her research interests are in the intersection of text and performance in south India, as well as in the translation of early and medieval Tamil poetry into English. She is the author of The Secret Garland: Antal’s Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli (2010), and is collaborating with Francis Clooney of Harvard University on an English translation of Nammalvar’s Tiruvaymoli.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements

ix

A Note on Transliteration

xvii

Pravesarn: Entering the World of the Tiruviruttam

1

PART I

A Hundred Measures of Time: Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

23

PART II

The Measure of Time: On Reading Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

77

PART III

Periyavaccan Pillai’s Commentary on the Tiruviruttam

179

Appendix 1: Index of Characters

195

Appendix 2: Index cif Motifs and Typology of Verses

197

Appendix 3: Indices of Myths, Places and Names

200

Annotations to Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

203

Notes

213

Glossary

237

Bibliography

245

 

A Hundred Measures of Time: Tiruviruttam by Nammalvar

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NAG838
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Edition:
2014
ISBN:
9780143066378
Language:
English
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7.5 inch X 5 inch
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280
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About the Book

 

The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Nammalvar (c. ninth century CE) the greatest of the alvar poet-saints of the Tamil Srivaisnava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between an anonymous heroine and hero, who come to be identified with Nammalvar and his beloved deity, Visnu. The poet masterfully weaves the erotic and esoteric to reveal both the contours of love and the never-ending cycles of separation and union, of birth and death, from which only Visnu can offer release.

 

In A Hundred Measures of Time, Archana Venkatesan has crafted a sonorous free-verse rendering and an accompanying far-ranging essay to delight poetry lovers and scholars alike.

 

About the Author

 

Archana Venkatesan is associate professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. She has received numerous grants, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies and Fulbright. Her research interests are in the intersection of text and performance in south India, as well as in the translation of early and medieval Tamil poetry into English. She is the author of The Secret Garland: Antal’s Tiruppavai and Nacciyar Tirumoli (2010), and is collaborating with Francis Clooney of Harvard University on an English translation of Nammalvar’s Tiruvaymoli.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements

ix

A Note on Transliteration

xvii

Pravesarn: Entering the World of the Tiruviruttam

1

PART I

A Hundred Measures of Time: Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

23

PART II

The Measure of Time: On Reading Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

77

PART III

Periyavaccan Pillai’s Commentary on the Tiruviruttam

179

Appendix 1: Index of Characters

195

Appendix 2: Index cif Motifs and Typology of Verses

197

Appendix 3: Indices of Myths, Places and Names

200

Annotations to Nammalvar’s Tiruviruttam

203

Notes

213

Glossary

237

Bibliography

245

 

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