Padmaśrī’s Nāgarasarvasva and the World of Medieval Kāmaśāstra

  title={Padmaśrī’s Nāgarasarvasva and the World of Medieval Kāmaśāstra},
  author={Daud Ali},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • D. Ali
  • Published 8 January 2011
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
This essay focuses on a neglected and important text, the Nāgarasarvasva of Padmaśrī, as an index to the changing contours of kāmaśāstra in the early second millennium (1000-1500) CE. Focusing on a number of themes which linked Padmaśrī’s work with contemporary treatises, the essay argues that kāmaśāstra incorporated several new conceptions of the body and related para-technologies as well as elements of material and aesthetic culture which had become prominent in the cosmopolitan, courtly… Expand
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