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