Re-reading Aristotle’s Poetics


Paperback with flaps
129 mm × 198 mm


*This title will be released on 27 October 2021


Aristotle’s Poetics is a work of practical counsel, aesthetic principles and philosophical speculation. Rajesh Sharma reads it as a node in a network of several key Aristotelian texts and places the great philosopher’s insights in a broader cultural context for the modern reader. He revisits the world of the ancient Greeks, carrying a bag luminous with illustrations from a vast and various domain, which includes medieval and modern Western philosophy, Renaissance sculpture, impressionist and post-impressionist painting, popular cinema, media, modern technology, neuroscience, European literary classics, modernist fiction, classical Indian philosophy and aesthetics, and the epic of Mahabharata. The book vividly brings home to the reader the enduring power of this ancient work to illuminate the world’s art, literature and culture.

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Rajesh Sharma

An essayist, critic and translator, Rajesh Sharma is the author of In/disciplines: Notes on Politics, Education and Culture (2014), Blood Flowers: Selected Poetry of Harbhajan Singh Hundal (2015; with Alpna Saini), Kavita da Samaa (The Time of Poetry, 2016), Maps of the Impossible: Six Contemporary Hindi Poets (2019), and Mauji Parindey (a translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Stray Birds into Punjabi, 2020). His work has appeared in BrevityFilm PhilosophyTangentiumWorld Literature TodayChandrabhagaBiblio, the Book ReviewEconomic and Political WeeklyMainstream, and the Wire, in addition to various reputed academic journals and newspapers. He co-edited South Asian Ensemble: A Canadian-Indian Quarterly of Literature and the Arts for ten years. He teaches literary theory, modern European fiction, modern world poetry, and film studies. He is currently Professor and Head, Department of English, Punjabi University, Patiala.

‘Not only is it sharp and pointed, it is lucid and bracingly accessible as well.’

Prof. M.L. Raina, Panjab University

‘The brilliance of the book lies in its being not merely a companion to Poetics but in teasing out paths that help us open up and renew the text by making it contemporary.’

Prof. Anuradha Ghosh, Jamia Millia Islamia

‘Impeccably structured, it makes Poetics accessible to students and researchers, provoking engagement in every chapter.’

Prof. Amrit Sen, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan

‘Professor Sharma’s precise style and clear prose make the book a delight to read.’

Prof. Dhananjay Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

‘Rajesh Sharma reads this classical treatise both microscopically and telescopically to unfold its nuances through a parallel reading of other works by Aristotle.’

Prof. Akshay Kumar, Panjab University

‘A lucid and amiable exposition of a seminal text that has endured the ups and downs of literary and critical fads.’

Prof. Rekha, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology

‘The Aristotelian project to combat Plato’s view that poets don’t deal with truth but with appearances is elaborated comprehensively and gives purpose to the book.’

Swarajbir, poet and playwright


Rajesh Sharma

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