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India's Literary History: Essays on the Nineteenth Century

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Item Code: IDE194
Author: Ed. By. Stuart Blackburn and Vasudha Dalmia
Publisher: Permanent Black
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8178240564
Pages: 526 (B & W Illus: 4, Figures: 2)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.6"
From the Jacket:

The recent convergence of literary and historical theory has made literary history one of the most exciting fields in the humanities. New frameworks for understanding literature and its relation to history have emerged. The cultural conditions of creating texts as well as the textual production of cultural meaning are now important aspects of literary history.

This book, the first major reassessment of literary history in nineteenth-century India for a generation, opens up this emerging field of literary history of nineteenth-century India. Its essays emphasize the making of literary history, the process of canonization, the reinvention of literary tradition, and the writing of literary history itself. A central premise of the book is that when European literary cultures arrives in India, they came into contact with popular performance forms and complex literary cultures that had their own histories.

The essays also reach beyond the obvious genres and include little-known texts, situating them within a wider debate about national origins, linguistic identities, and political entitlements.

Spanning a range of topics - print culture and oral tales, drama and gender, library use and publishing history, theatre and audiences, detective fiction and low-caste novels - this book will appeal to historians, cultural theorists, sociologists, and all interested in understanding the multiplicity of India's cultural traditions and literary histories.

About the Author:

Stuart Blackburn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of South Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. He is the author of several books, most recently Moral Fictions: Tamil Folktales from Oral Traditions (2001) and Print, Folklore and Nationalism in Colonial South India (2003). He is currently directing a five-year research project on cultural change in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Vasudha Dalmia is Professor of Hindi at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harishchandra in Nineteenth-century Benares (1998).

CONTENTS

Acknowledgementsviii
Notes on Contributors

ix
1Stuart Blackburn and Vasudha Dalmia
Introduction
1
PERFORMANCE AND IDENTITY
2Indira Viswanathan Peterson
Between Print and Performance
The Tamil Christian Poems of Vedanayaka Sastri and the Literary Cultures of Nineteenth-century South India
25
3Kathryn Hansen
Language, Community and the Theatrical Public
Linguistic Pluralism and Change in the Nineteenth-century Parsi Theatre
60
4Anuradha Kapur
Impersonation, Narration, Desire, and the Parsi Theatre
87
PRINT AND PROSE NARRATIVES
5Stuart Blackburn
The Burden of Authenticity
Printed Oral Tales in Tamil Literary History
119
6Velcheru Narayana Rao
Print and Prose
Pandits, Karanams, and the East India Company in the Making of Modern Telugu
146
7Christina Oesterheld
Entertainment and Reform
Urdu Narrative Genres in the Nineteenth Century
167
8Kumkum Sangari
Multiple Temporalities, Unsettled Boundaries, Trickster Women
Reading a Nineteenth-century Qissa
213
PUBLICATION, CIRCULATION, AND CONTROL
9Ulrike Stark
Hindi Publishing in the Heart of an Indo-Persian Cultural Metropolis
Lucknow's Newal Kishore Press (1858-1895)
251
10Priya Joshi
Reading in the Public Eye
The Circulation of British Fiction in Indian Libraries, c. 1835-1901
280
THE GENRES OF THE NEW CITY
11Svati Joshi
Dalpatram and the Nature of Literary Shifts in Nineteenth-century Ahmedabad
327
12Hans Herder
The Modern Babu and the Metropolis
Reassessing Early Bengali Narrative Prose (1821-1862)
358
13Vasudha Dalmia
Generic Questions
Bharatendu Harischandra and Women's Issues
402
14Francesca Orsini
Detective Novels
A Commercial Genre in Nineteenth-century North India
435
15Dilip M. Menon
A Place Elsewhere
Lower-caste Malayalam Novels of the Nineteenth Century
483

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