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Morphology of Meaning in The Earliest Indian and European Narrative Discourses

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Item Code: NAP672
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author: Bhavatosh Indra Guru
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9788124609187
Pages: 198
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 400 gm
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In the narratives of the Indian and Western traditions, both the construction of the character and the configuration of an action have remarkably the idealized perspectives. In them, the nature of action is very realistic; hence it commutes itself through its orientation in the cause and the effect. The dimension of this dichotomy acquires various meanings and internalization. While in the Indian tradition, the action is almost reversible and foresees the growth of cumulative assortment of events, in the European narratives, the organization of an action is obtained in an event that is by and large irreversible in nature. To drive this point home, Pancatantra,Hitopadesa,Jatakakathavali, Kathasaritsagara, Baital Paccisi and Simhasana Battisi from the Indian tradition, and Aesop’s Fables, The Canterbury tales, Legends of King Arthur, The Decameron and The Pilgrim’s Progress from the Western side are well explored in this volume.

The pursuit of meaning in Indian and European earliest narratives is to convey the action by certain instruments of transformation of which conjunction-injunction-conception and inception are the most import. The book makes a serious discussion about resolution and convergence between Pancatantra and The Canterbury Tales, and Jatakakathavali and The Pilgrim’s Progress, offering certain conceptual structures, which would determine the propriety of a new theoretical effort.

This book proposes to lay a foundation for construction of a theory of meaning in relation to the action that is obtained in the progress of earliest narratives at large.

About the Author

Bhavatosh Indraguru received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He specializes in Comparative Poetics, Comparative Linguistics and Comparative Literature. He has taught at Universities at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh. Presently, he is teaching at the Department of English and Other European Languages, University of Saugar, Sagar in Madhya Pradesh.


Narrative, is by far, the most complete expression of a artistic situation, in that it composes and constructs the reality in truth and truth in identity, and, on that account, it sums up all the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in the experiences of life. It would mean, therefore, that the growth of narrative is comprehended on both sides of the scale, where vertical and horizontal axes converge along a point of intersection. The remarkable consolidation of a situation similar to this is observed in the primary of correlation between the sets of objects, chain of events, situations and the like occurring in either the homogeneous experiences or diametrically opposed heterogeneous situations. In either of the cases, there is a necessary transmutation of the events that anticipates the creation of refined orders of meaning in the form of conjunction, injunction, conception and comprehension. The impression of the situation bears a consequence of assertion almost to the extent of universality in Indian and Western narrative traditions, and for that matter, the earliest narratives like Pancatantra, Hirtopadesa, Kathasaritsagara, Baital Paccisi, Simhasana Battisi, The Decameron, Legends of King Arthur, The Canterbury Tales, Aesop’s Fable and The Pilgrim’s Progress, meaning primarily is revealed in the recognition and approval of a concentrated personality that is authoritatively the foundation of narrativization of characters, action and the whole discourse. It is to be understood that narrative action in the Pancatantra is almost expansive whereas European narratives explicate the variants of narrative through the reduction of the contents. The methodologies which are specific to the narratives of India and the West confer a mark of authority on the conduct of character, the extent of signification and the richness of discursive intentions in accordance with the consummation of cultural tradition specific to each, yet the conduct of meaning upholds the manner of qualitative enrichment precisely outlined in ethical and moral universality inherent in the categorical inscription. This study, therefore, proposes to lay a foundation for construction of a theory of meaning in relation to the action that is obtained in the progress of earliest narratives at large.


The manifestation of artistry in the earliest narrative discoursers is explicit and therefore, the contents are exposed to the external environment by a number of associative events, of which, in addition and multiplication are the most important. An action in these earliest narratives acquires fullness by the virtue of semblance to the wholeness of the form. Every action commences at the note of the creation of an individual/character/form/event and the progression is such that there is a consistency in obtaining full length realization of the given situation. It is thus the definition of earliest n narratives approximates to the creation of those purposeful events which have the wholeness executed in the resolution of an object into event, even otherwise, event into object. This is to prove the point that reversibility ha a thoroughgoing expression for itself in this scheme of the representation of the situation. Indian and Western traditions have been, since the antiquity, and of which Indian tradition has assuredly a methodology of conceiving and composing order in a framework for such discourse. Pancatantra, being the earliest narrative in the human civilization, brings about the significant revelation with regard to the nature and that of individual and the corresponding actions. Following Pancatantra in Indian tradition, we have Hitopadesa, Jaakakthavali, Kathasarisagara, Betala Paccisi, Simhasana Battisi. Similarly, on the Western side, there are equally important works of such nature primarily Aesop’s Fables, Legends of King Arthur, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, The Pilgrim’s Progress, etc. These are the ones in which we can have a complete artistic situation entailing fulfilment of figural and formal actions. In the narratives belonging to these two traditions, both the construction of the character and the configuration of an action, have remarkably the idealized perspectives. In each, the nature of action is very realistic. Hence, it commutes itself through its orientation in the cause and the effect. The dimension of this dichotomy acquires various meanings and internalizations. In Indian situation, the action is almost entirely reversible, thus it foresees the growth of cumulative assortment of events. The order of one event is such that it always revives and restores itself in the other and the succession of the similar events continues till the final resolution. In Pancatantra, for example, the individual and characters respond to each other via representative and functional codes and the enlargement of these codes is so much so that the effect of reversibility becomes ordained even otherwise in the adoption of the relative rules. This could be seen as one of the greatest technical advancement that brings a complete methodology of transformation. It so happens that the animal character and the human figures come to terms by discovering the equivalence and correlatives for swapping their roles. This is the way in which compatibility of the signifier is achieved and brought forth. In Pancatantra, the principles which have brought about the conduct of the situation have similarly restored the incarnation of one into the other. It would mean that every character is capable of creating an index in which a character enjoys strength and commitment. The situation is sustained equally well in Kathasaritsagara, Jatakakathavali, Betal Paccisi and Simhasana Battisi. In the earliest European narratives, the organization of an action is obtained in an event is obtained in an event that is by land large, irreversible in nature. It allows us to understand the qualification of differential perception in the characters. The index that has been created in each of the characters bears the strength of his/her individuality and thus it does not enter into any correspondences whatsoever with any other character. In other words, we can say the character is not reinvented in the other; consequently the progression as such does not come to be inscribed. In the Legends of King Arthur, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and others, excellence as such is always specified in a particular circumstance that deals only with the beginning and the end of the event concerned and, as a rule, follows the creation of meaning randomly at the various events. One does not necessarily follow the other and the entire configuration of the action in The Canterbury Taless observes the principle of exclusion in which the individuality of character is primarily significant in that it does not allow the subordinate event to come up and invent the procedure of change. The Knight, the Squire, the Doctor, Wife of Bath, Summoner, Pardoner and others suggest an extraordinarily high degree of exclusion through which they substantiate their own individualities all along. Boccaccio’s The Decameron further brings about a comprehensive formation of a realistic model in which compunctious exclusion of ideological framework in the character suffers from a loss of a habit - habit that is revealed in the exercise of one powerful motive. The character expresses him or her by obtaining certain degree of proficiency in conflicting desire as a basic motive. In desire itself, the point of view of the character is contained, thus s(he) lives or dies till the time desire and its minor variants like greed, or even otherwise, temptation has strength to construct and coordinate a system of profit and loss. Nearly, every human emotion like love, hate, union, separation, joy, delight, and the like comes to be determined. On account of such an exercise of pursuit, it would definitely approximate to the following formula: x = A = A-.

Here, the progression and regression are having equal projection - accordingly, each projection is also, at the same time, definitely a point in regression.

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