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 briefly sums up some of the central findings of the book, while also making a larger argument about the value—indeed the necessity—of studying and reflecting on the Hindi literary past. Modern nationalism has been such a defining force in the field of Hindi literature that divergent narratives, such as the story of Hindi’s Mughal and Muslim past foregrounded here, have been almost completely foreclosed. The revisionist history outlined in this book suggests that fresh, postcolonial perspectives on the premodern Hindi archive are not only possible but essential for the health of literary studies and also have the potential to define new areas of Indian intellectual and social history. It is also advocated that precolonialism be a part of postcolonialism.

Keywords: nationalism; Hindi literature; historiography; intellectual history; social history; postcolonialism

Chapter.  3818 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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