The Concept of Vakrokti in Sanskrit Poetics: A Reappraisal


Suryanarayan Hegde

xiv, 186 p. 2009

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9788189973933(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 9381-89973-93-2 (Hardbound)


INR 999.00

Bisac Sub: LIT014000/LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry

LC Subject heading:-

1. Kuntaka, fl. 950-1000. Vakroktijīvita.

2. Sanskrit poetry–History and criticism. 

3. Poetics.

About the Book:-

In the whole range of Sanskrit poetics, the term vakrokti took altogether a new significance and the highest position as the all pervading poetic concept in Kuntaka’s Vakroktijivita. He revived the concept from more verbal poetic figure to the lessons of poetry. He not only explains but also explores the multi-dimensional aspects of Vakrokti. But unfortunately, no comprehensive study of Vakrokti has been done in a systematic way. This book is an effort in this direction. Presenting the major schools of Sanskrit poetics, the book gives general definition of vakrokti and its multi-dimensional implications. Further taking a close look at the views of different theorists on vakrokti, it exposes in detail kuntaka’s theory of vakrokti and makes its critical analysis in relation to various literary concepts-alankara, svabhavokti, rasavadalankara, marga and rasa. Finally, it deals with the striking similarities between dhvani and vakrokti, and brings out the fundamental aspects of practical criticism as showed by kuntaka.

About the Author:-

Dr. Suryanarayan Hegde is a devoted young scholar in the field of Sanskrit Poetics and Literature. He was awarded Ph. D. degree by Karnatak University, Dharwad. He has proved his ability and industriousness by getting the First Rank with Gold Medals in M.A. Sanskrit and the 8th Rank to the University at the UG level.  With sustained interest in inter-disciplinary studies, he has completed P.G. Diploma in Epigraphy. Besides, he completed Alankara Vidwat and UGC/NET Examinations.  Dr. Hegde is, at present, Teaching Assistant in Sanskrit at Karnatak College, Dharwad. He wields his pen in Sanskrit, English and Kannada with equal facility. He has presented his research papers in various National Seminars.


Introduction — History of Vakrokti — Kuntaka’s Concept of Vakrokti :An Exposition — Vakrokti in Relation to Other Literary Concepts — Vakrokti and Dhvani — Vakrokti and Practical Criticism — Conclusion

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