SASA strives to enhance our "understanding of South Asia's cultures, histories, issues and opportunities." Beginning with an annual conference in 2007, we have expanded into a number of new areas, most recently SASA BOOKS and Exemplar: The Journal of South Asian Studies. SASA Publications operates with a collegial, double-blind peer review model.
-- Dr. William Vanderbok, SASA President
SASA BOOKS is an exciting new collection of academic titles. SASA Books encourages submission of completed manuscripts. Address enquiries to SASABooks@sasia.org.
-- Dr. William Vanderbok, Editor, SASA Books
Volumes available now:
Beginning the Mahābhārata: A Reader's Guide to the Frame Stories, by James W. Earl -- University of Oregon
Anyone wanting to read the Mahābhārata in English will find no helpful guidance in print, and helpful guidance is definitely needed. The epic opens with a set of frame stories that the most recent translator calls "frankly confusing, even bewildering." Earl guides the reader through the opening 56 chapters, analyzing the epic's major themes and narrative strategies along the way. This is the way to begin one of world literature's greatest reading projects.
Yaśodā’s Songs To Her Playful Son, Kṛṣṇa: Periyalvar's 9th Century Tamil Tirumoli, Lynn Ate -- Washington State University
This work is a translation of a South Indian devotional text in which the poet predominantly takes the voice of the god Kṛṣṇa's mother, capturing the emotions of an intimate personal relationship with the deity through the poet's depictions of Kṛṣṇa as an adorable baby, a naughty boy and then a handsome youth. As the earliest poet to express maternal love as religious devotion, Periyalvar played a crucial part in the pan-Indian development of the Kṛṣṇa sect and laid the foundation for the prolific genre of later Hindu poetry devoted to baby Kṛṣṇa which remains popular in many Indian languages.
The Multicultural Challenge: A Visual-Cultural Guide to Coping in the Global Era, by Ingrid Aall -- California State University, Long Beach.
This book is designed to prepare students (and teachers!) for the interactive and increasingly engaged global society. Through the introduction of key concepts, the analysis of problems, and the thematic insistence that art acts as a mirror for society, Professor Aall (Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach) offers a challenging model for cultural engagement and literacy.
Exemplar: The Journal Of South Asian Studies is a "crossover" journal, appealing to academics as well as other sophisticated readers with a keen interest in South Asia. Exemplar emphasizes cultural understanding, mated to contemporary economic and political concerns, with a strong bias toward issues of globalization. Exemplar eschews jargon to appeal to academic and sophisticated non-academic audiences.
Toward these ends, Exemplar