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Narrative Strategies: Essays on South Asian Literature and Film

Vasudha Dalmia (Editor) Theo Damsteegt (Editor)
Synopsis The fifteen essays collected in this volume present analyses of a wide variety of modern and pre-modern South Asian narratives in Bengali, Hindi, Panjabi, Tamil, and Urdu. While classics such as Hir Varis Shah, Krittibasa’s Ramayana, Ruswa’s Umrao Jan Ada, and Phalke’s pioneering film venture Raja Harischandra come under discussion, texts less widely known, though equally significant, are also analysed in vivid detail. A wide range of analytical methods are applied, including narratology, reception theory, genre theories, rhetoric, and the theory of transtextuality. Though the essays focus on applied analysis, an effort has been made in each to explain the basic tenets of the methods used. These methods bring into focus such vital issues as the uses of tradition, the renegotiation of gender roles, and shifts in genre and literary categories. This volume is a significant contribution to the study of South Asian narratives with its constructive and sensitive application of diverse critical approaches to its subject area and its explicit awareness of methodology in the analysis of such narratives. The essays offer a wide range of engaging and often challenging interpretations of the narratives studied which will interest scholars and attract general readers.
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About the authors

Vasudha Dalmia

Vasudha Dalmia is Professor of Hindi and Chair of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley. She has researched and published widely on Hinduism, colonial and post-colonial Hindi literature, medieval Indian religiosity, and modern Indian theatre. Her book, The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra and Nineteenth Century Banaras, examines the life and writings of a major Hindi writer of the nineteenth century as the focal point for an examination of the intricate links between politics, language, culture, religion and nationality.

Theo Damsteegt

Theo Damsteegt is Reader in Hindi, University of Leiden.

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Bibliographic information

Title Narrative Strategies: Essays on South Asian Literature and Film
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0195667131
length xii+262p., Tables; Illustrations; 22cm.