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Course Name Indian Aesthetics
Course Code 18ELL315
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VI
Credits 3
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introduction – philosophical foundations-major theories/schools-basic concepts-comparison between Western and Eastern Aesthetics K. AyyappaPaniker: ‘Ancient Indian Aesthetics: Contemporary Relevance’ – ‘Let’s Look for an Alternative Aesthetics’.

Unit 2

Rasa Theory – Bharatha

Unit 3

Dhwani theory – Anandavardhana.

Unit 4

Guna and Reethi-Bhamaha-Dandin-Vamana.

Unit 5

Vakrokti – Kuntaka.


To introduce students to the Indian critical traditions and inculcate a comparative approach in literary studies.

Core Reading

  1. Devy, G.N. Indian Literary Criticism.Orient BlackSwan, 2010.
  2. Sethuraman, V. S. Indian Aesthetics: An Introduction. Macmillan, 1992.
  3. Narasimhaiah, CD. Ed. East-West Poetics at Work. Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1994.
  4. Raja, Kunjunni K. Indian Theories of Meaning. Adyar Library, 1963.
  5. Moorthy, K Krishna. Studies in Indian Aesthetics and Criticism. Mysore: DVK Murthy, 1979.
  6. Satchidanandan, K. Ed. K. Ayyappa Paniker: Selected Essays. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2017.


  1. G.K. Bhatt. Rasa Theory and Allied Problems. Baroda: University of Baroda, 1984.
  2. Raghavan, V. The Number of Rasas. Madras: The Adyar Library, 1940.
  3. Hiriyanna, M. Essentials of Indian Philosophy.Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 2015.
  4. Moorthy, K Krishna. Essays in Sanskrit Criticism. Dharward: Karnataka University Press, 1964.
  5. Raghavan, V.N: An Introduction to Indian Poetics. Madras: Macmillan, 1970.
  6. Kane, P V. History of Sanskrit Poetics. Motilal Banarsidass,; Subsequent edition (30 November 1994).
  7. Kushwaha, M S.Indian Poetics and Western Thought. Delhi: S Chand & Co, 1982.

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