Conversations on Modernism

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ISBN:978--93-89915-24-2

Author:Sukrita Paul Kumar

Pages:222


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"This volume engages with pertinent questions that the literary historians, theorists, young scholars and academics have asked : How indigenous was literary modernism in India? Did alien ideas fill the vacuum created by a kind of disinheritance of tradition? Did the Partition of the subcontinent trigger off a cultural collapse and a creative resurgence simultaneously? The emergence of the ʻnew storyʼ called for an understanding of the specific socio-political context within which literary modernism flourished. The dynamics of the new consciousness, post the progressive writers, is the focus of these discussions. Sukrita Paul Kumar's conversations with some major Hindi-Urdu writers, critics and philosophers in this book have the potential to build larger debates on modernism in Indian literature, specially with reference to Hindi and Urdu, / The conversations with some eminent Indian writers, critics and philosophers in this volume are exploratory, evocative and pertinent. Inspired by the rich body of fiction that emerged as ʻʻNai Kahaniʼʼ in Hindi and ʻʻNaya Afsanaʼʼ in Urdu in the post-Independence India, many intriguing questions on literary modernism in India are raised and discussed here. These dialogues map the new dynamics of consciousness robustly found in the stories of the iconic Hindi and Urdu writers who appeared soon after the formidable generation of avowedly progressive writers such as Krishan Chander, Yashpal and Rajendra Singh Bedi. These insightful conversations aim at creating a better understanding of literary modernism in India, specially with reference to Hindi and Urdu literature. In Conversations on Modernism, Sukrita Paul Kumar, literary critic and poet, is in dialogue with : • Qurratulain Hyder • Nirmal Verma • Jeelani Bano • Joginder Paul • Namwar Singh • Muhammad Ali Siddiqui • Wazir Agha • Kathleen Raine • Margaret Chatterjee • M. M. Agrawal • Ramesh Chandra Shah • Krishna Sobti "

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Sukrita Paul Kumar

Sukrita Paul Kumar Poet and critic, Sukrita Paul Kumar, was born and brought up in Kenya. She held the Aruna Asaf Ali Chair at Delhi University till recently. Formerly, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, she was an invited poet at the prestigious International Writing Programme, Iowa, USA & Hong Kong Baptist University. Honorary faculty, Durrell Centre at Corfu, Greece, she has been a recipient of many prestigious fellowships and residencies. Amongst her critical books are Narrating Partition and The New Story. She has coedited several books that include Ismat : Her Life, Her Times, Interpreting Homes in South Asian Literature, Speaking for Herself: Asian Women's Writings and others. Her most recent collections of poems are Country Drive, Dream Catcher and Poems Come Home (with translations of her poems by Gulzar). Her translations include the book Nude, poems by Vishal Bhardwaj and the novel, Blind, both published by HarperCollins. Chief Editor of the book on Cultural Diversity in India, she was also a guest editor of the journal Manoa (Hawaii). Many of her poems have emerged out of her experience of working with the homeless and Tsunami victims. Her poems have been translated into many languages in India and abroad. She has held solo exhibitions of her paintings.

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