Reading List

A. Primary Readings (Books to be  supplied to Participants)

  • Davis, Richard H. The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography. Lives of Great Religious Books. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.
  • Gandhi, Mohandas K. The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi. Berklee: Berklee Hills Books, 2000.
  • Johnson, W. J. The Sauptikaparvan of the Mahabharata : The Massacre at Night Oxford World's Classics. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Miller, Barbara Stoler. The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.
  • Narasimhan, C. V. The Mahabharata. New York: Columbia University Press, 1973.
  • Prabhavananda, Swami and Christopher Isherwood. The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita. New York: New American Library, 1972

B. Additional Readings (Portions to be supplied by digital means)

  • Ambedkar, B. R. The Essential Writings of B. R. Ambedkar. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Bakhtin, M. M. Speech Genres and Other Late Essays. Vol. 8, Edited by Caryl Emerson, Michael Holquist and Vern W. McGee. Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1986.
  • Carrière, Jean-Claude. The Mahabharata : A Play Based Upon the Indian Classic Epic. 1st ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1987.
  • Dalton, Dennis. Mahatma Gandhi : Nonviolent Power in Action. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.
  • Davis, Richard H. "Introduction: A Brief History of Religions in India." In Religions of India in Practice, edited by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., 3-52. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.
  • Davis, Richard H. "Wilkins, Kasinatha, Hastings, and the First English Gita." In International Journal of Hindu Studies 19.1 (2015): 39-57.
  • Fitzgerald, James L. "The Great Epic of India as Religious Rhetoric: A Fresh Look at the Mahabharata." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 51, no. 4 (1983): 611-630.
  • Genette, Gerard. Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation. Translated by Jane E. Lewin Literature, Culture, Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Hijiya, James A. "The 'Gita' of J. Robert Oppenheimer." Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 144, no. 2 (2000): 123-167.
  • Huxley, Aldous. The Perennial Philosophy. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1945.
  • Kearns, Cleo McNelly, T. S. Eliot and Indic Traditions: A Study in Poetry and Belief.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
  • Larson, Gerald James. "The Song Celestial: Two Centuries of the Bhagavad Gita in English." Philosophy East and West 31, no. 4 (1981): 513-541.
  • Lutgendorf, Philip. "All in the (Raghu) Family: A Video Epic in Cultural Context." In Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia, edited by Lawrence A. Babb and Susan Wadley. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
  • Smith, Wilfred Cantwell. What Is Scripture?: A Comparative Approach. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, or, Life in the Woods Everyman's Library. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers Princeton Classic Editions. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004.

C. Additional Translations of the Bhagavad Gita
(Excerpts used for comparison in seminar, and available in library

  • Arnold, Edwin, Song Celestial, or Bhagavad-gita (from the Mahabharata).  Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1885.
  • Bhaktivedanta Swami, A. C. Bhagavad-Gita as It Is. New York: Collier Books, 1972.
  • Davies, John. Hindu Philosophy: The Bhagavad gita, or the Sacred lay, a Sanskrit Philosophical Poem. London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co., 1882.
  • Edgerton, Franklin. The Bhagavad Gita. Harvard Oriental Series. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1944.
  • Ghose, Sri Aurobindo. The Message of the Gita. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1938.
  • Johnson, W. J., The Bhagavad Gita.  Oxford World’s Classics.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi. Bhagavad Gita: Chapters 1-6. London: International SRM Publications, 1967.
  • Mitchell, Stephen. Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.
  • Patton, Laurie. The Bhagavad Gita. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin Books, 2008.
  • Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli. The Bhagavadgita. New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1948.
  • Sargeant, Winthrop. The Bhagavad Gita Suny Series in Cultural Perspectives. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. Reprint, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition.
  • Schweig, Graham M. Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2007.
  • Telang, Kashinath Trimbak. The Bhagavadgita with the Sanatsugatiya and the Anugita. Vol. 8, Edited by Max Muller. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1882.
  • Thomson, J. Cockburn. Bhagavad-gita; or, The Sacred Lay, a Colloquy between Krishna and Arjuna on Divine Matters. Hertford, UK: Stephen Austin, 1855.
  • Thompson, George. The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. New York: North Point Press, 2008.
  • Wilkins, Charles. The Bhagavat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon, in Eighteen Lectures; with Notes. London: C. Nourse, 1785.
  • Van Buitenen, J. A. B. The Bhagavadgita in the Mahabharata. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.
  • Zaehner, R. C., The Bhagavad-Gita, with a commentary based on the original sources.  London: Oxford University Press, 1969

D. Additional Readings (Available on Reserves at Library)

  • Adluri, Vishwa and Joydeep Bagchee. The Nay Science: A History of German Indology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Chatterjee, Margaret. Gandhi's Religious Thought. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.
  • Chatterji, Bankimchandra. Debi Chaudhurani, or the Wife Who Came Home. Translated by Julius J. Lipner. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Chattopadhyay, Bankimchandra. Krishna-Charitra. Translated by Pradip Bhattacharya Classics of the East. Calcutta: The M. P. Birla Foundation, 1991.
  • Collingwood, R. G. An Autobiography. London: Oxford University Press, 1939.
  • Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land. Richmond, Surrey: Hogart Press, 1923.
  • Fitzgerald, James L. The Mahabharata, Volume 7: Book 11, the Book of the Women, Book 12, the Book of Peace, Part One. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • Ghose, Aurobindo. "Bhawani Mandir." In Bande Mataram: Early Political Writings--1, 61-74. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, 1972.
  • Ghose, Aurobindo. "Uttarpara Speech." In Karmayogin: Early Political Writings--2, 1-10. Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press, 1972.
  • Ghose, Aurobindo. Essays on the Gita. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2003.
  • Hawley, John Stratton. Krishna, the Butter Thief. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.
  • Heehs, Peter. Sri Aurobindo: A Brief Biography. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Heehs, Peter. The Lives of Sri Aurobindo. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.
  • Herling, Bradley L. The German Gita: Hermeneutics and Discipline in the German Reception of Indian Thought, 1778-1831 Studies in Philosophy, Edited by Robert Bernasconi. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • Hiltebeitel, Alf. Rethinking the Mahabharata: A Reader's Guide to the Education of the Dharma King. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  • Inden, Ronald. Imagining India. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990.
  • Isherwood, Christopher.  My Guru and His Disciple.  London: Eyre Methuen, 1980.
  • Isherwood, Christopher, Ramakrishna and His Disciples.  London: Methuen & Co., 1965.
  • Jackson, Carl T.  Vedanta for the West: The Ramakrishna Movement in the United States. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.
  • Jaffrelot, Christophe. The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
  • Laine, James W. Visions of God: Narratives of Theophany in the Mahabharata. Vol. 16. Vienna: Gerold & Co., 1989.
  • Malinar, Angelika, The Bhagavad Gita: Doctrines and Contexts.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Minor, Robert N. Modern Indian Interpreters of the Bhagavadgita Suny Series in Religious Studies, Edited by Robert C. Neville. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986.
  • Nagappa Gowda, K. The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Schwab, Raymond. The Oriental Renaissance: Europe's Rediscovery of India and the East, 1680-1880, Edited by Gene Patterson-Black and Victor Reinking. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984.
  • Sen, Amiya P.  Bankim’s Hinduism: An Anthology of Writings by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.  Delhi: Permanent Black, 2011.