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  • Dark Hopeby David Shulman

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 22.00

    For decades, we’ve been shocked by images of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. But for all their power, those images leave us at a loss: from our vantage at home, it’s hard for us to imagine the struggles of those living in the midst of the fighting. Now, American-born Israeli David Shulman... more...

  • Spring, Heat, Rainsby David Shulman

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 18.00

    “Rocks. Goats. Dry shrubs. Buffaloes. Thorns. A fallen tamarind tree.” Such were the sights that greeted David Shulman on his arrival in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in the spring of 2006. An expert on South Indian languages and cultures, Shulman knew the region well, but from the moment he arrived for this seven-month sojourn... more...

  • Self and Self-transformation in the History of Religionsby David Dean Shulman

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 49.99

    This book brings together scholars of a variety of the world's major civilisations to focus on the universal theme of inner transformation. Contributors study examples in a wide range of cultures, including China, India, Tibet, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity, Islam, Judaism, and medieval and early-modern Christian Europe. more...

  • Doll's Wedding and Other Storiesby Chaso; David Shulman

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    The stories in Dolls? Wedding, by the finest short-story writer in modern Telugu, are nuanced, hard-hitting and marked by the total absence of sentimentality. A tightly constructed plot relies on a minimalist portrayal of characters?among them beggars, peasants, widows, children and the upwardly mobile middle class?whose pragmatism drives them to break... more...

  • The King and the Clown in South Indian Myth and Poetryby David Dean Shulman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 58.00

    The author discusses the tragi-comic aspect of Chola kingship in relation to other Indian expressions of comedy, such as the Vidiisaka of Sanskrit drama, folk tales of the jester Tenali Rama, and clowns of the South Indian shadow-puppet theaters. The symbolism of the king emerges as part of a wider range of major symbolic figures--Brahmins, courtesans,... more...

  • Tamil Temple Mythsby David Dean Shulman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 60.95

    South India is a land of many temples and shrines, each of which has preserved a local tradition of myth, folklore, and ritual. As one of the first Western scholars to explore this tradition in detail, David Shulman brings together the stories associated with these sacred sites and places them in the context of the greater Hindu religious tradition.... more...

  • Classical Telugu Poetryby Velceru Narayanaravu; David Dean Shulman

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95

    This groundbreaking anthology opens a window on a thousand years of classical poetry in Telugu, the mellifluous language of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest yet least explored of all South Asian literatures. more...

  • Untying the Knotby Galit Hasan-Rokem; David Shulman

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 49.99

    This book collects eighteen previously unpublished essays on the riddle--a genre of discourse found in virtually every human culture. Hasan-Rokem and Shulman have drawn these essays from a variety of cultural perspectives and disciplines; linguists, anthropologists, folklorists, and religion and literature scholars consider riddling practices in Hebrew,... more...

  • Dream Culturesby David Shulman; Guy G. Stroumsa

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 109.99

    This work offers a comparative cross-cultural history of dreams. The authors examine a range of texts concerning dreams, from a variety of religious contexts (including China, the Americas and Greek and Roman antiquity) to explore the ways in which different cultures experience the world of dreams. more...

  • Srinathaby Velcheru Narayana Rao; David Shulman

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 28.99

    This groundbreaking cultural biography of Srinatha, arguably the most creative figure in the thousand-year history of Telugu literature., shows how the fourteenth- and fifteenth-century poet revolutionized the classical tradition and effectively created the classical genre of sustained, thematically focused, coherent large-scale compositions. Some... more...