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

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 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.

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

Author Name: Ira Valeria Sarma

Categories: Literature, India,

Edition: First Indian Edition

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

ISBN: 8121512352

ISBN 13: 9788121512350

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 16 x 24 Cm

Seller ID: 037050

Keywords: Laghukatha Modern Hindi Prose Genre India