Writing histories of literature means making selections, passing value judgments, and incorporating or rejecting foregoing traditions. The book argues that in many parts of India, literary histories play an important role in creating a cultural ethos. They are closely linked with nationalism in general and various regional ‘sub-nationalisms’ in particular. The contributors to this volume look at a great variety of aspects of the historiography of modern regional languages of India.
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Table of Contents
- Introduction- Hans Harder 2. Shaping a Literary Space: Early Literary Histories in Malayalam and Normative Uses of the Past- Udaya Kumar 3. Drowning in the Ocean of Tamil: Islamic Texts and the Historiography of Tamil Literature- Torsten Tschacher 4. From Scattered Archives to the Centre of Discourse: Histories of Telegu Literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century- Heiko Frese 5. Beyond the nation: A Comparatist’s Yhoughts on Some Foundational Categories in the Literary Historiography of South Asian Literatures- Ipshita Chanda 6. Dineshchandra Sen’s The Folk Literature of Bengal: The Canonisation of Folk and the Conception of the Feminine- Sourav Kargupta 7.Ethics or Aesthetics? Obscenity as a Category for Evaluating the Hindi Public sphere in Colonial North India- Charu Gupta 8. George Abraham Grierson’s Literary Hindustan- Ira Sharma 9. The impact of Sectarian Lobbyism on Hindi Literary Historiography: the Fascinating Story of Bhagvadacharya Ramanandi- Purshottam Agrawal 10. The Politics of Exclusion? The Place of Muslims, Urdu and its Literature in Ramachandra Shukla’s Hindi sahitya ka itihas- Navina Gupta 11. A Discourse of Difference: ‘Syncretism’ as a Category in Indian Literary History- Thomas de Brujin 12. Unscripted: The People of Arunachal Pradesh in Literary and Other National Histories- Stuart Blackburn 13. Indian Literature in English and the Problem of Naturalisation- Hans Harder 14. The Mahatma as Proof: The Nationalist Origins of the Historiography of Indian Writing in English- Snehal Shingavi
Hans Harder teaches Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany.