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Before the Divide

Orsini, Francesca (Hrsg.):
Before the Divide : Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture / ed. by Francesca Orsini. - New Delhi : Orient BlackSwan, 2010. - vi, 311 S.
ISBN 978-81-250-3829-0
Rs. 795,00
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Based on a workshop on 'Intermediary Genres in Hindi and Urdu', Before the Divide: Hindi and Urdu Literary Culture is an attempt to rethink aspects of the literary histories of these two languages.
   Today, Hindi and Urdu are considered two separate languages, each with is own script, history, literary canon and cultural orientation. Yet, precolonial India was a deeply multilingual society with multiple traditions of knowledge and of literary production. Historically the divisions between Hindi and Urdu were not as sharp as we imagine them today. The essays in this volume reassess the definition and identity of language in the light of this. Various literary traditions have been examined keeping the historical, political and cultural developments in mind. The authors look at familiar and not so familiar Hindi and Urdu literary works and narratives and address logics of exclusion and that have gone into the creation of two separate languages (Hindi and Urdu) and the making of the literary canons of each. Issues of script, religious identity, gender are also considered.
    This volume is different in that it provides a new body of evidence and new categories that are needed to envisage the literary landscape pf north India before the construction of separate 'Hindu-Hindi' and 'Muslim-Urdu' literary traditions.
   This collection of essays looking into the rearticulation of language and its identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries will be useful for students of modern Indian history, language studies and cultural studies. [Verlagsinformation]

1. Francesca Orsini: Introduction
2. Imre Bangha: Rekhta : poetry in mixed language: The emergence of Khari Boli literature in North India
3. Allison Busch: Riti and register: lexical variation in courtly Braj Bhasha texts
4. Thomas De Bruijn: Dialogism in a medieval genre: the case of the Avadhi epics
5. Francesca Orsini: Barahmasas in Hindi and Urdu
6. Lalita Du Perron: Sadarang, Adarang, Sabrang: Multi-coloured poetry in Hindustani music
7. Christina Oesterheld: Looking beyond Gul-o-Bulbul: observations on Marsiyas by Fazli and Sauda
8. Mehr Afshan Farooqi: Changing literary patterns in Eighteenth century North India: Quranic translations and the development of Urdu prose
9. Valerie Ritter: Networks, patrons, and genres for Late Braj Bhasha Poets: Ratnakar and Hariaudh


FRANCESCA ORSINI is Reader in the Literatures of North India at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is the author of The Hindi Public Sphere; Print and pleasure: Popular Literature and Entertaining Fictions in Colonial North India (forthcoming) and is the editor of Love in South Asia. Profile page.

Quellen: Orient Blackswan; Bookshop of India; Munshiram Manoharlal; Biblia Impex; WorldCat; Vedams Books.