Gender, Sex, and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870 (Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World) (Hardcover)

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Gender, Sex, and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870 (Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World) (Hardcover)

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This book explores the urban, cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Lucknow, which was the center of a flourishing Indo-Islamic culture. Ruth Vanita analyzes Rekhti, a type of Urdu poetry distinguished by a female speaker and a focus on women's lives, and shows how it became a catalyst for the transformation of the love poem.
RUTH VANITAVisiting Professor in the South Asia Language Area Center at the University of Chicago, USA.
Product Details ISBN: 9780230340640
ISBN-10: 0230340644
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: February 29th, 2012
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World

"The book belongs to my favorite genre, where the translations, excellent as they are, push the reader toward tasting the 'original.'' - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, series editor (with Hosam Aboul-Ela) of Theory in the World