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What’s in a Name? On Afghanistan’s Fraught Persian Language Politics

By |2019-12-04T11:32:00+01:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Digital Humanities and Archiving, North India, North India Readings, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ronah Baha discusses the politics of the BBC's decision to name their BBC Afghanistan page 'BBC Dari', focusing on the rich diversity of Persian literary and civilisational linguistic histories.

Sultana’s Dream: An alternative view of colonial Bengal.

By |2019-12-04T11:32:37+01:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Gender and Queer Studies, Genre, North India, North India Readings, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sinjini Chatterjee discusses the portrayal of a female utopia in Rokeya Hossain's Engish language short story, "Sultana's Dream".

Mysteries of the Indian Jungle – Emilio Salgari’s Orientalist adventures

By |2019-12-04T11:33:10+01:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Education and Taste, North India, North India Readings, Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

No Italian writer has left a deeper and more lasting imprint over Italian readers of a certain exotic image of India than Emilio Salgari (1862-1922). His adventure books spanning four continents rank among the classics of adventure/children’s literature. Indeed, were popularity alone determined membership to world literature, Salgari would count as the foremost Italian writer in the world.

Gender and Criminality in Bangla Crime Narratives: Late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries

By |2019-12-04T11:33:37+01:00July 31st, 2018|Categories: Gender and Queer Studies, Genre, North India, North India Readings, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Gender and Criminality in Bangla Crime Narratives: Late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries examines Bangla writings related to crime in the late 19th and early 20th century Bengal in terms of gender.

Re-imagining Histories through Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (Raghu Karnad)

By |2019-12-04T11:34:26+01:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Education and Taste, Literary Criticism, North India, North India Readings, Reading, Themes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are nations created by their histories? Raghu Karnad's book 'Farthest Field' problematizes British and Indian memorialisations of WWII.

Writing Rumi in Whitman’s Image: On Coleman Barks, and the Appropriation of Rumi’s Poetry

By |2019-12-04T12:05:05+01:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: North India, North India Readings, Poetry, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Barks looks to create a rendition of Rumi that is intelligible to him. This endeavor manifests as a form of Orientalism, however subtle: it is Barks’ project to create Rumi and Rumi's poetry in his own image.

Khabees Orat: A reflection on bi-cultural humour

By |2019-12-04T11:36:10+01:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Genre, North India, North India Readings, Popular and Pulp Fiction, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The character “Khabees Orat. portrays the opposite of what an average Pakistani woman is expected to be, in return becoming the representation of the inner voice of a large majority of local women. ” Where “orat” can literally be translated into “woman”, “Khabees” is a combination of “notorious,” “wicked, “dishonorable,” “devilish” and “corrupt” qualities.

Making the child ‘sharīf’ in Urdu textbooks – Muslim, yet not Islamic

By |2019-12-04T11:36:36+01:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Education and Taste, Interventions, North India, North India Readings, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sumaira Nawaz reflects on Urdu educational texts in colonial North India and how they informed new sensibilities and identities across religious divides

Discovering eco-criticism in Hindi: Renu’s Tale of a barren land

By |2019-12-04T11:36:53+01:00December 26th, 2017|Categories: North India, North India Readings, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In an ecocritical reading of Hindi author Phaniswarnath Renu, Amul Gyawali explores the dichotomies in his writing: state-society, centre-periphery and, crucially, man-nature