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Orature, Literature and History: Exploring Northern Indian Popular Culture (19c-20c) – PART 1

By |2018-05-02T13:22:32+01:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: , |Tags: , , , , , |

How does awareness of contemporary orature change the way we approach historical texts? How can we use these texts as sources to write a history of the region which produced them? How can we use narrative patterns to compare distant forms of orature? And how can we make orature seriously part of the study of world literature?

William Wellington Gqoba’s Isizwe Esinembali Xhosa Histories And Poetry (1873 – 1888)

By |2018-06-06T13:10:06+01:00May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Horn of Africa, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sanele Ntshingana recently received an honours degree in African languages from Rhodes University. He is now studying for an MA in African Languages with a focus on historical sociolinguistics. His research interests include Xhosa historiography, the making and unmaking of archive and the production of "history". The late eighteenth century southern seaboard

Approaches to Global Intellectual History: Jürgen Osterhammel

By |2019-04-12T14:38:20+01:00July 4th, 2017|Categories: Education and Taste, Interventions, Themes, Time Periods|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Jürgen Osterhammel discusses Eurocentrism and the status of world history in the German academy

Entangled Histories: Qurratulain Hyder’s Fireflies in the Mist

By |2019-12-04T11:37:08+01:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Literary Criticism, North India, North India Readings, Reading, Translations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When does a book become part of world literature? When it is translated into a major language, published by a metropolitan publisher and endorsed by renowned writers? So why has Qurratulain Hyder’s novel failed to register?