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Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics

Frances W. Pritchett (Author)
Synopsis Ghalib said, “… the poem always slips, like the imaginary anqua bird, through the finest nets of awareness.” This statement aptly defines the myriad moods the ghazal aspires to capture”… various facets of the lover’s experience… lamenting the pain of separation … delighting in imaginary union … feeling alienated from the world,” yet remains mysterious. Frances W. Pritchett recalls her first experience o the ghazal as love at first sight, contrary to the disdainful approach of modern Urdu critics. In Nets of Awareness Pritchett joins literary criticism and history to explain how the ghazal, for centuries the pride and joy of Indo-Muslim culture, was abruptly dethroned within its own milieu and by its own theorists. A must-read if you want to understand the complexity and power of this undeservedly maligned genre.
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About the author

Frances W. Pritchett

Frances W. Pritchett is Professor of Modern Indic Language in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

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Title Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Katha
Language: English
isbn 8187649658
length xviii+234p., Notes; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.