Nature in Literature: Nature’s Presence and Absence

Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 12)


This chapter will look at some major texts in describing and writing about nature in pre-modern Sanskrit literature such as by Kālidāsa and Bāna . The human–nature interrelationships are constructed through meanings attached to metaphors in Sanskrit poetics and the narrative. Such powerful metaphors construct the imagination of nature from a deeply anthropocentric view of nature. These imaginations also add to issues around conceptualisations of nature as gendered, or as benevolent, or dangerous. The impact of these imaginations that continue to influence our perception of nature today will also be discussed.


Literary Imagination Forest Dweller Indian Thought Romantic Movement Short Poem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Manipal Centre for Philosophy and HumanitiesManipal UniversityManipalIndia

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