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The water of Delhi: pre-colonial modernity in Urdu poetry

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Pre-1857 non-mystical Urdu poetry by multilingual poets like Rangin, Insha, Qais, Nisbat and JurĀ¹at reveals an urban culture bearing markers of an indigenous modernity, such as celebration of hybridities, individuality, consumerism, gender and sexual fluidity, unconventionalrelationships and women who challenge social convention. This self-reflexive poetry in the voices of women and men from a wide range of class backgrounds is playful but profound, humorous and defiant all at once.

This talk is part of the Centre of South Asian Studies Seminars series.

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