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A Wilderness of Possibilities: Urdu Studies in Transnational Perspective

A Wilderness of Possibilities: Urdu Studies in Transnational Perspective
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Item Code: IDF352
Author: Kathryn Hansen and David Lelyveld
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195670205
Pages: 316
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
From the Jacket :

Over the past forty years, the study of Urdu literature has played a dynamic role in contemporary discourses on culture and history, reaching out to a far-flung international community of scholars. The eleven essays in this volume exemplify the changing place of Urdu in the world today. They discuss diverse aspects of Urdu and Persian literature and poetry, between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. The focus is mainly on Urdu poetry - offering a comprehensive introduction to the sociology, culture and politics of its enchanting and complex world - but it also includes essays on travelogues, print journalism and a play.

In the first part, contributors explore the divergent social and political spaces that Urdu literature has occupied through the centuries. In the second, they critique the paradigms that have informed Urdu literary history and point to new methodologies of reading. Pillars of poetry like Ghalib and Iqbal, women writing from the zanana, popular dramatists, travelers to Britain, and modern novelists, form the subjects of this wide-ranging collection. The contributors, specialists in the field, use a combination of approaches: while some articles focus on well-known texts, others focus on individual poets and writers.

The book includes lucid new translations of texts not yet available to English readers. It will interest all scholars and students of South Asian cultural history and literary studies.

About the Author :

Kathryn Hansen is Director of the Center for Asian Studies and Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in Hindi and Urdu literature, theatre, folklore, and gender studies.

David Lelyveld is Associate Dean of Humanities and social Sciences and Professor of History, William Paterson University. He has held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Minnesota, Columbia and Cornell.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsvii
Note on Transliterationix
Contributorsxi
Introduction1

Part 1: Urdu Literature and the Political Imaginary

Kumkum Sangari, 'The Configural Mode: Āg kā Daryā'21
Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, 'The Afterlife of a Mughal Masnavi: The Tale of Nal and Daman in Urdu and Persian'46
Ramya Sreenivasan, 'Genre, Politics, History: Urdu Traditions of Padmini'74
Gail Minault, 'From Akhbar to News: The Development of the Urdu Press in Early Nineteenth-Century Delhi'101
Michael H. Fisher, 'Britain in the Urdu Tongue: Accounts by Early Nineteenth-Century Visitors'122
Barbara D. Metcalf, 'Iqbal's Imagined Geographies: The East, the West, the Nation, and Islam'147

Part 2: The Critical Project and Its Revision

Shamsur Rahman Faraqi, 'The Poet in the Poem or, Veiling the Utterance'173
Aditya Behl, 'Poet of the Bazaars: Nazir Akbarabadi, 1735-1830'192
Carla Petievich, 'Feminine Authorship and Urdu Poetic Tradition: Baharistan-i Naz vs Tazkira-i-Rekhti'223
Frances W. Pritchett, '"The Meaning of the Meaningless Verses": Ghalib and His Commentators'251
Syed Akbar Hyder, 'To You Your Cremation, To Me My Burial: The Ideas of Inter-Communal Harmony in Premchand's Karbala'273
Bibliography of C.M. Naim287
Index293

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