Fall of the Indigo Jackal, The
The Discourse of Division and Purnabhadra's Pancatantra
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: State University of New York Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I would like to thank my friend, mentor, and colleague Dr. John Powers for the confidence and encouragement that he extended to me at the outset of this project and for his inspiration, guidance, and good humor, which have sustained me through it. My thanks are also due to Dr. Richard Barz, Dr. Adrian Burton, and Dr. Ian Proudfoot, for sharing with me their...
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A jackal who had fallen into a vat of indigo dye decided to exploit his marvelous new appearance and declared himself king of the forest. He appointed the lions and other animals as his vassals, but took the precaution of having all his fellow jackals driven into exile. One day, hearing the howls of the other jackals in the...
2 The Discourse of Division in the Pañcatantra
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In this chapter, by undertaking a close reading of Pūrṇabhadra’s Pañcatantra, I will examine the ways in which the discourse of division is articulated. Beginning with an overview of the concept of jāti as used in this text, I will then describe three aspects of the ...
3 The “Regime of Truth” and the Pañcatantra
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The story of the indigo jackal and the other narrative units of the Pañcatantra are obviously fictional, but what they seek to convey, both implicitly and explicitly, are normative “truths.” We must assume that the creators of the text “believed” in what they were trying to achieve, that the discursive thrust of the narrative embodied...
4 The Discourse of Division and the Brahmanical Archive
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We have now described the discourse of division as it relates to the story of the indigo jackal and to the Pañcatantra as a whole, and we have seen how the discourse functions as “true.” Where did the ideas of division, essential nature, status, and enmity originate? How do they relate to the broader cultural context of the brahmanical...
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In these concluding remarks, using the story of the indigo jackal as a metonymy for the discursive patterning of the Pañcatantra narrative as a whole, I will summarize the main findings of this investigation, and suggest some avenues for future...
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Glossary of Sanskrit Terms
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Publication Year: 2007