Universiteit Leiden

nl en


Śobhākareśvara on Metaphor without Similarity

  • Dr. Somdev Vasudeva
17 February 2017
Lecture series Society of Friends of the Kern Institute (VVIK)
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
104 (Verbarium)

In the late twelfth century Kashmirian alakāra rhetoricians dominated the field of Sanskrit aesthetics. Śobhākareśvara is perhaps the last innovative voice of this tradition who had a major impact on the development of aesthetics in the rest of India. In his discussion of metaphor (rūpaka) Śobhākareśvara breaks with an earlier consensus to propose that a similarity between two entities is not an essential feature making a metaphorical identification possible.

Dr Somdev Vasudeva received his PhD from Oxford University for his work on the Yoga of the Mālinīvijayottara in 2000. Since then he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the EFEO in Pondicherry in South India and has held Sanskrit teaching positions at UC Berkeley, at Columbia University in New York, and at Kyoto University in Japan. He is currently Gonda Fellow at IIAS in Leiden. His main areas of research are Esoteric Yoga and Sanskrit Poetry and Aesthetics.

Drinks afterwards !