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The sixteenth century in early-modern South India was a period when a new genre the self-contained literary prabandha, meant
to be read from beginning to end over a few days, in homes, literary salons, royal
courts, or temples, with a range of unusual themes appeared in Sanskrit and all of the south Indian languages. The Tamil case is particularly interesting because of the
continuing influence of very ancient poetic grammars within a literary and intellectual
ecology that had rendered these grammars largely obsolete and put in place a new vision of what constitutes poetry and truth.
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Professor David Shulman is an Israeli Indologist who is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on the languages and literatures of India. His research embraces many fields, including the history of religion in South India, Indian poetics, Tamil Islam, Dravidian linguistics, and Carnatic music. He is now
Professor Emeritus at Hebrew
University, Jerusalem. He has
been a member of the Israel
Academy of Sciences and
Humanities since 1988.