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Orsini, Francesca (2023) East of Delhi: Multilingual Literary culture and world literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (South Asia Research)

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East of Delhi is a history of the multilingual literary culture of northern India. It takes a longue durée approach, from the beginnings of recorded vernacular literature in the late fourteenth century to its codification into separate, monolingual histories of Hindi and Urdu in the early twentieth century that syphoned off literature from folklore. It traces the languages and literary forms that circulated in and out of the region and in and across several communities of taste—courtly, devotional, and popular. In conversation with approaches of world literature, East of Delhi proposes a way of doing world literature that is attentive to texture and layers as well as circulation, to complexity and exclusions as well as canonization and reach, and to tastes and practices as well as normative ideas about literature.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: world literature, Hindi, Urdu, North Indian literature, literary history
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
ISBN: 9780197658291
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2024 09:14
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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