Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Allcott, Kenneth. “Matthew Arnold's ‘The Terrace at Berne’, ll. 45-8, and The Ramayana.Notes and Queries 15, no. 5 (May 1968): 182-83.

Sees The Ramayana as a possible source for some verses by Arnold.

Blank, Jonah. Arrow of the Blue-Skinned God: Retracing The Ramayana through India. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992, 51 p.

Explores the Valmiki Ramayana in the form a travel diary through the geographical landscape of the poem.

Booth, Gregory D. “Traditional Content and Narrative Structure in the Hindi Commercial Cinema.” Asian Folklore Studies liv, no. 2 (1995): 169-90.

Examines the influence of the Ramayana on Hindi cinema.

Brockington, J. L. Righteous Rama: The Evolution of an Epic. Dehli: Oxford University Press, 1984, 363p.

Provides a comprehensive study of the Ramayana focusing on linguistics, chronology, and the religious, social and cultural milieux of the poem.

Kapp, Dieter B. “The Ālu Kurumba Rāmāyana: The Story of Rāma as Narrated by a South Indian Tribe.” Asian Folklore Studies 48, no. 1 (1989): 123-40.

Examines a Dravidian language version of the Ramayana taped during ethnographic studies in the Nigri Hills of South India.

Koskikallio, Petteri. “From Classical to Postclassical: Changing Ideologies and Changing Epics in India.” Oral Tradition 11, no. 1 (October 1996): 144-53.

Includes the Ramayana in a study of Indian epics and the ideologies they express.

Pou, Saveros. “Indigenization of Ramayana in Cambodia.” Asian Folklore Studies 51, no. 1 (1992): 89-102.

Surveys several non-Indian Ramayanas.

Preston, Nathaniel H. “Whitman's ‘Shadowy Dwarf’: A Source in Hindu Mythology.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 15, no. 4 (spring 1998): 185-87.

Suggests that Whitman's image of a “shadowy dwarf” in Democratic Vistas may be drawn from a reading of the Ramayana.

Richman, Paula. “A Diaspora Ramayana in Southall, Greater London.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67, no. 1 (March 1999): 33-57.

Analyzes a contemporary feminist production of the Ramayana.

———, ed. Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of a Narrative Tradition in South Asia, edited by Paula Richman. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, 273p.

A collection of essays illustrating the diversity of the Ramayana tradition and texts.

Sharma, Ramashraya. A Socio-Political Study of the Valmiki Ramayana. Dehli: Motilala Banarsidass, 1971, 473p.

Explores the social, cultural and political background and philosophy of The Ramayana.