Nets of Awareness

Nets of Awareness

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Frances Pritchett's lively, compassionate book joins literary criticism with history to explain how Urdu poetrya€”long the pride of Indo-Muslim culturea€”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 consequencesa€”culturally and politicallya€”of British rule. The British had science, urban planninga€”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.... produced no fewer than thirty-six lectures and essays, on all manner of cultural and social topics; he also edited the Anjumana#39;s journal. ... Azad not only won loud applause in the schoola#39;s mushairahs but sometimes held small Urdu mushairahs in his own classes as well.13 His ... aquot;From it I acquired a general feeling for English literature, and somehow or other my admiration for Eastern a€” and above allanbsp;...

Title:Nets of Awareness
Author: Frances W. Pritchett
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1994-05-09

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