South Asia

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3 - How Not To Write the History of Literatures in Hindi and Urdu?

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Casuarina, Lower Ground Floor

In this paper I want to turn around the enunciation of Ralph Russell’s famous intervention on “how not to write the history of Urdu literature” by questioning, seriously, the impulse to write literary histories of the Hindi-Urdu literary complex. What lies behind the vast critical enterprise of writing the histories (itihas and tarikh) of Hindi and Urdu literature, apart from the desire to have a history? I will focus on late nineteenth century efforts towards posing and answering this question in writers such as Muhammad Husain Azad and the Mishr Brothers.

Shad Naved

Ambedkar University Delhi, United States

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