[INDOLOGY] What is "prose"?

Aleix Ruiz Falqués arfalques at cantab.net
Tue Jan 17 05:59:50 UTC 2023

Many thanks to Prof. Tieken and those kind souls who have replied
privately! And thanks to the admin of this list for the wonderful resource!

I would like to share a recent article by Sivan Goren-Arzony, directly
related to my question, and from which I benefited a great deal (please see

Best wishes,

On Sat, 14 Jan 2023 at 22:07, Tieken, H.J.H. (Herman) <
H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl> wrote:

> Dear Aleix,
> You raise a very interesting topic. I checked two publications (Walter J.
> Ong, Orality and Literacy, and Rosalind Thomas, Literacy and Orality in
> Ancient Greece). Both authors do not discuss prose (not found in the
> respective indexes). They deal with the opposition between orality/oral
> *poetry* and literacy, almost as if literacy subsumes *prose* (including
> inventory lists, shopping lists, etc.)
> With kind regards, Herman
> Herman Tieken
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> 2515 BP Den Haag
> The Netherlands
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> *Van:* INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> namens Aleix Ruiz
> Falqués via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Verzonden:* vrijdag 13 januari 2023 14:41
> *Aan:* Indology List <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Onderwerp:* [INDOLOGY] What is "prose"?
> Dear List,
> I am looking for publications on the concept of "prose" in Sanskrit.
> Whereas definitions of "verse" are more or less common, if only by looking
> at examples of specific types of stanzas or verses, it seems that the
> concept of prose is more vague, generally meaning "whatever is not
> organised in pādas". Of course, in poetic treatises the concept *gadya *or*
> cūrṇa* is used, and genres like the *campū* presuppose the
> dichotomy verse-prose. But I would like to know if this is critically
> discussed elsewhere.
> Apart from references to primary sources in Indian texts, I am also
> interested in definitions of Sanskrit (or Prakrit, or Tamil, etc.) prose in
> modern scholarly literature. My understanding is that a concept like
> "Sanskrit prose" is taken for granted and we all are supposed to know what
> it means, so it is difficult to find definitions or sub-classifications of
> it. This seems to happen with Pali, and the moment we try to classify types
> of prose we are already discussing literary genres or types of texts (the 9
> aṅgas), not types of prose per se, with the exception, perhaps, with the
> so-called metrical prose of the veḍha (varṇaka) portions.
> I am also interested in the origins or verse and prose in general, in
> world literature.
> Any help will be most appreciated.
> With best wishes,
> Aleix
> --
> Aleix Ruiz-Falqués
> Pali Lecturer & Head of the Department of Pali and Languages
> Shan State Buddhist University
> Phaya Phyu, Taunggyi, Myanmar 140101
> (+95) 09428757648

Aleix Ruiz-Falqués
Khyentse Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pali Lecturer & Head of the Department of Pali and Languages
Shan State Buddhist University
Phaya Phyu, Taunggyi, Myanmar 140101
(+95) 09428757648
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