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Published: 07 March 2013

336 Pages

235x156mm

ISBN: 9780199935789


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Buddhist Poetry and Colonialism

Alagiyavanna and the Portuguese in Sri Lanka

Stephen C. Berkwitz

  • Examines the life and work of a Buddhist poet to tell a story about the impact of European colonialism in early modern Asia.
  • Uses poetry to uncover the historical experience of some of the earliest encounters between Asian Buddhists and European colonizers.
  • Demonstrates the influence of colonial encounters on emerging notions of "modern Buddhism" far earlier than in the nineteenth century.
  • Engages in in-depth analyses of Sinhala poems that have received little scholarly attention outside of Sri Lanka.
  • Utilizes numerous sources in the Sinhala and Portuguese languages to which most scholars do not have access.
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