Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 18 February 2013

336 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199935789

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (06)

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.

Also of Interest