Divergent Literary Histories

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
Divergent Literary Histories

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Literary historians of colonial India have elaborated how the spheres of education, linguistics, and literature have been reshaped under the colonial state. Compared to the domain of literature in British India, there is no detailed instrumentalist framework for the reworking of public opinion and literature in colonial Goa. Goa’s literary histories paved the way for the eventual development of a specialized set of meanings and assumptions about literary texts. The reintroduction of the printing press in 1821 was heralded not only as an intellectual renaissance but also as a moment of literary renewal. This chapter examines the divergent literary histories in Goa. It first discusses the literary genre in the print market and the linguistic histories of Konkani before considering the literary histories in Portuguese and Marathi as well as the literary production in Marathi by Goans.

Keywords: Goa; literary histories; literature; India; print; Konkani; Portuguese; Marathi; literary genre; linguistic histories

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