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Urdu Literary Culture

Vernacular Modernity in the Writing of Muhammad Hasan Askari

Urdu Literary Culture by Mehr Afshan Farooqi
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The book 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. Conceptually, the book melds the perspectives of literary studies and history since Askari's life was lived at the crossroads of early nation formation and the writing of literary and social history, both of which have played a generative role in the organization and articulation of politics in South Asia. The study provides a detailed treatment of the intellectual world that Askari inhabited: colonial and postcolonial India and Pakistan. Complicating an analysis of Askari's life and work is the fact of his living the life of a closeted gay. Farooqi analyzes f the ways in which Askari's sexuality filtered through his writing.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2012
305 pages; ISBN 9781137026927
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Title: Urdu Literary Culture
Author: Mehr Afshan Farooqi