Allison Busch

in Poetry of Kings

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199765928
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918973 | DOI:

Series: South Asia Research


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This chapter introduces rīti literature in Brajbhasha and outlines the premises of the book. One aim is to expose some of the fault lines in the historiography of premodern Hindi literature. One reason that Brajbhasha court literature has not attracted the kind of deep, sympathetic study it merits is because literary historians have been too quick to stamp the stigma of decadence on late precolonial traditions. The study of rīti literature has been trapped in stale paradigms of Mughal decline that have long been discredited in other disciplines. This chapter proposes a new approach to classical Hindi literature that recognizes the value of this early modern archive both as literature and for reconstructing elements of India’s social, intellectual, and political history.

Keywords: rīti literature; Brajbhasha; historiography; court literature; Mughal; early modern

Chapter.  8721 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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