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We focus on the deep historical ties between the many and varied cultures, religions, literatures, and languages of the Middle East and South Asia

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The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature

The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature comprehensively and creatively surveys the field from the mid-nineteenth to late twentieth centuries. Covering 100 years of literary production, including about 90 authors and over 130 selections, and many new translations, the twin volumes cover major genres like poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as essays, autobiography, and letters.

Rage, Revelry, and Romance...

This book presents the dilemmas, the innovations and also the helplessness of postcolonial subjects living life under the onslaught of transnational capital. The authors stories are fabulist whose intimacy with the Indian rural landscape is a protest against the rationalizing arrogance of the Western gaze its abstract and ultimately brute powers of surveillance and its defiling avarice.

The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature

The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature comprehensively and creatively surveys the field from the mid-nineteenth to late twentieth centuries. Covering 100 years of literary production, including about 90 authors and over 130 selections, and many new translations, the twin volumes covers major genres like poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as essays, autobiography, and letters. The 'Poetry and Prose Miscellany' volume begins with Akbar Ilahabadi (1846-1921) and ends with Tanveer Anjum (b.

Urdu Literary Culture

Urdu Literary Culture examines the impact of political circumstances on vernacular (Urdu) literary culture through an in-depth study of the writings of Muhammad Hasan Askari (1919-78), Urdu's first and finest literary critic. Askari's life was lived at the crossroads of early nation formation in South Asia—this study provides a detailed treatment of the intellectual world that Askari inhabited and complicates previously held notions about his life and work by looking at some of his writing through the lens of sexuality.

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