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A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry Anthems of Resistance

A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry Anthems of Resistance
24.65
Item Code: IDF309
Author: Raza Mir,
Publisher: Roli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8186939261
Pages: 267
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.4"
From the Back of the Book:

Anthems of Resistance is about the iconoclastic tradition of poetry nurtured by Ali Sardar Jafri, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Javed Akhtar, Fehmida Riyaz and all those who have been part of the progressive writers' movement in the Indian subcontinent. It documents the raise of the progressive Writers' Association, its period of ascendancy, its crucial role in the struggle for independence, and its unflagging spirit of resistance against injustice. In the process, the book highlights various aspects of the PWA'S aesthetics and politics such as its international ethos, its romance with modernity, its engagement with feminism, its relationship to Hindi Cinema and film lyrics, and the vision of a radically new world which its members articulated with passion. Part history, part literary analysis, part poetic translation, and part unabashed celebration of the PWA era, this book is truly a unique resource.

Experts from Review:

This is a lucidly written account of a glorious chapter in the history of Indian literature. The powerful verses of the PWA poets are wonderfully translated and, along with the highly accessible transliteration, offer the general reader a rare opportunity to appreciate the writings that helped shape nation. Anthems of Resistance is truly an inspiring and pleasurable read.

PROFESSOR MUSHIRUL HASAN, VICE CHANCELLOR,
JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, NEW DELHI

Such a gift from the Brothers Mir! Lyrical and thoughtful, this introduction to the vast swathe of progressive Urdu poetry belongs on all our shelves, and in all our hearts. It is a companion worthy of the poetry itself. A singular achievement.

PROFESSOR VIJAY PRASHAD, DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES,
TRINITY COLLEGE, CONNECTICUT, US

Like the many poets they celebrate, the authors write with passion and conviction… Their book makes for a joyous and exhilarating read.

PROFESSOR C.M. NAIM, PROFESSOR EMERITUS,
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS VII
A NOTE ON TRANSLATION AND TRANSLITERATION XIII
PREFACE XV
1 Over Chinese Food: The Progressive Writer's Association 1
2 Urdu Poetry and the Progressive Aesthetic 26
3 Saare Jahaan Se Achcha: Progressive Poets and the Problematic of Nationalism 52
4 From Home to the World: The Internationalist Ethos 74
5 Dream and Nightmare: The Flirtation with Modernity 90
6 Progressive Poetry and Film Lyrics 111
7 Voh Yaar Hai Jo Khushboo Ki Taraah, Jis Ki Zubaan Urdu Ki Taraah 135
8 An Exemplary Progressive: The Aesthetic Experiment of Sahir Ludhianvi 152
9 Javed Akthar's Quiver Progressive Arrows: A Legacy Survives 174
10 New Standard Bearers of Progressive Urdu Poetry: The Feminist Poets 200
11 A Requiem … and a Celebration 224
ENDNOTES 239

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