Author's Name: Pritchett Frances W
Frances Pritchett teaches and writes about modern South Asian literature, especially Urdu poetry. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in South Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1981 and has taught at Columbia since 1982. Her books include Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics. (University of California Press, 1994); The Romance Tradition in Urdu: Adventures from the Dastan of Amir Hamzah (Columbia University Press, 1991); and (with Khaliq Ahmad Khaliq), Urdu Meter: A Practical Handbook (University of Wisconsin, 1987).
She is currently working on a commentary on the entire collection of Urdu poetry of Mirza Asadullah Khan (1797-1869). This work-in-progress in available online as A Desertful of Roses: the Urdu Ghazals of Mirza Asadullah Khan “Ghalib".
Frances Pritchett's lively, compassionate book joins literary criticism with history to explain how Urdu poetry―long the pride of Indo-Muslim culture―became devalued in the second half of the nineteenth century. This abrupt shift, Pritchett argues, was part of the backlash following the violent Indian Mutiny of 1857. She uses the lives and writings of the distinguished poets and critics Azad and Hali to show the disastrous consequences―culturally and politically―of British rule. The British had science, urban planning―and Wordsworth. Azad and Hali had a discredited culture and a metaphysical, sexually ambiguous poetry that differed radically from English lyric forms.
Pritchett's beautiful reconstruction of the classical Urdu poetic vision allows us to understand one of the world's richest literary traditions and also highlights the damaging potential of colonialism
- Publisher's Name: Katha New Delhi
- Publish Year: 2004
- Binding: Paperback
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8187649658
- ISBN-13: 978-8187649656
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