The aim of this volume is to lay before a wide readership the riches of Sanskrit literature as contained in the 56 volumes published in the Clay Sanskrit Library (CSL), in the context of the visual riches of the Bodleian’s Indian collection, bringing out the inter-relationship between the two modes of expression.

The CSL Compendium will contain a lively mix of image, including source material from the collections of the Bodleian Library (Sanskrit manuscripts, Mughal miniatures, photographs of expeditions in search of archaeological sites) and other more contemporary images of Indian culture (stills from Bollywood films and contemporary performances of plays in India). Extracts and illustrations will be selected specifically to complement each other and to demonstrate how the narrative techniques required by the two media differ.

The CSL Compendium material will be grouped thematically and accompanied by explanatory matter and commentary exploring the essentially Indian treatment of recognizably universal themes, such as love, fear, compassion, and other expressions of the human mind.

The aim throughout the CSL Compendium will be to introduce scholarly issues to the non-specialist reader in non-technical language. Anyone interested in literature and its composition, or the growing number who wish to explore their own heritage, should find the book of value. It can also be expected to prove useful to teachers of courses on World Literature, South Asian Literature, and Literature and Art.

Dr Camillo Formigatti
The John Clay Sanskrit Librarian
Oriental Section
Bodleian Libraries
The Weston Library
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG
September 2016