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

By: Ira Valeria Sarma

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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 characterised 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 modernised, 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 50 representative Hindi texts complete the picture and thus provide an insight into this genre so far unknown to a Western audience. Printed Pages: 356. Slightly rubbed boards.

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

Author Name: Ira Valeria Sarma

Categories: India, Literature,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Berlin, Germany, Walter De Gruyter: 2003

ISBN: 3110175932

ISBN 13: 9783110175936

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Size: 16 x 24 Cm

Seller ID: 025750

Keywords: Laghukatha India Prose Hindi