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The Laghukatha: A Historical and Literary Analysis of a Modern Hindi Prose Genre, Ira Valeria Sarma

Author Name    Ira Valeria Sarma

Title   The Laghukatha: A Historical and Literary Analysis of a Modern Hindi Prose Genre

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Indian Edition

Size   16 x 24 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 2012

ISBN    8121512352 / 9788121512350

Seller ID   037050

The book presented here is the first work of Western literary criticism to examine the Hindi Laghukatha—a modern Indian prose genre that has been published since the 1970s in Hindi newspapers and magazines and is characterized by its concise form (500 words on average) and socio-political agenda. The importance of the genre within the Hindi literary scene lies in the fact that the Laghukatha is based on indigenous genres which have been modernized. Whereas the Hindi short story and the novel are Western genres that have been appropriated and Indianised. A thorough investigation of around 280 primary texts accompanied by an evaluation of the relevant Hindi criticism gives a comprehensive literary analysis of this genre and its historical development. This allows, in conclusion, to delineate an “ideal type” of Laghukatha, suggesting a range of compulsory, desirable and optional features. English translations of almost fifty representative Hindi texts complete the picture and thus provide an insight into this genre so far unknown to a Western audience. Printed Pages: 356.

Laghukatha Modern Hindi Prose Genre India

Price = 21.95 USD


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