Urdu and Indo-Persian Thought, Poetics, and Belles Lettres


Editor: Alireza Korangy
Urdu and Indo-Persian Thought, Poetics, and Belles Lettres, is a collection on the subject of Urdu poetics, Dastan, translation studies in Urdu, and Indo-Persian. The essays employ interdisciplinary perspectives for exploring the dynamic literary landscape of the South Asian subcontinent since the sixteenth century.
The individual topics in the collection depict a plausible picture of how the development of Urdu and Indo-Persian thoughts and poetics have influenced one another for centuries.
Contributors are: Satya Hedge, Prashant Keshavmurthy, Pasha M. Khan, Mehr Afshan Faruqi, David Lelyveld, Natalia Prigarina, Carla Petievich, Christina Oesterheld, Baidar Bakht, Frances Pritchett, Gail Minault, Ludmila Vassilieva.
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Biographical Note

Alireza Korangy, Ph.D. (2007), Harvard University, is currently the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Persian Literature (Penn State University Press) and acting president of Societas Philologica Persica. His recent monograph is Development of the Ghazal and Khaqani's Contribution: A Study of the Development of Ghazal and a Literary Exegesis of a 12th c. Poetic Harbinger (Harrassowitz, 2013). His upcoming monograph is an examination of the literary dimensions of martyrdom in Iran.

Table of contents


Part 1: Indo-Persian
1 K̲h̲ushgū’s Dream of Ḥāfiz̤: Authorship, Temporality, and Canonicity in Late Mughal India - Prashant Keshavmurthy
2 Notes on ʿAbdul Nabī Fak̲h̲rul Zamānī and Other Indo-Persian Storytellers of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries - Pasha M. Khan
3 Ḥāfiz̤ in the Poetry and Philosophy of Muḥammad Iqbāl - Natalia Prigarina

Part 2: Urdu Literary Theory, Urdu Dāstān, Creative Writing, Urdu Philology
4 Revisiting that Earth(l)y, Glorious Tradition - Carla Petievich
5 Continuing the Tradition: A Commentary on the “Neglected” Verses of G̲h̲ālib - Mehr Afshan Farooqi
6 Voyeur Candle, Tattler Candle: The Semiotics of nāyikābheda in G̲h̲ālib’s Urdu Dīvān 39.1 - Satayanarayana Hegde
7 Mīr as Suffering Curmudgeon: A Historical Hatchet Job - Frances Pritchett
8 “I am a Ruby Wrapped in a Rag”: Zay K̲h̲ay Sheen and the Possibility of Poetry as Autobiography - Gail Minault
9 “The Tide and Flow of Islam” Musaddas by Ḥālī as a Poetic Memorial of the Muslim Enlightenment in the Last Third of the Nineteenth Century - Ludmila Vasilyeva
10 Jūtē haiṉ jāpānī kaprē inglistānī: Sayyid Ross Masood’s Passage to Japan - David Lelyveld
11 From a Slave Garden into Cyberspace: Mirza Athar Baig’s Novels G̲h̲ulām Bāg̲h̲ and Ṣifr Se Ek Tak - Christina Oesterheld
12 A Translation of Shamsur Rahman Faruqi’s Prem Kumar Nazar - Baidar Bakht

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The volume is of interest to those interested in Urdu and Indo-Persian studies.

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