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Author Sarma, Ira Valeria, 1967-
Title The Laghukatha : a historical and literary analysis of a modern Hindi prose genre / Ira Valeria Sarma.
Imprint Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, 2003.

Author Sarma, Ira Valeria, 1967-
Series Indian philology and South Asian studies ; v. 4
Indian philology and South Asian studies ; v. 4.
Subject Short stories, Hindi -- History and criticism.
Hindi prose literature.
Description 1 online resource (366 pages) : illustrations.
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Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents ""1 Introduction""; ""2 Historical development""; ""2.1 State of research: contemporary approaches""; ""2.2 Beginnings (before 1900)""; ""2.3 Transition into a modern genre (1900 â€? 1970)""; ""2.4 Modern laghukathaÌ?s""; ""3 The laghukathaÌ? writers""; ""3.1 The authorsâ€? intentions""; ""3.2 Means of publication""; ""4 Literary analysis""; ""4.1 State of research: approaches in Hindi laghukathaÌ? criticism""; ""4.2 Methodology""; ""4.3 Content""; ""4.4 Form""; ""4.5 Style""; ""5 Conclusion""; ""6 Bibliography""; ""7 Appendix: LaghukathaÌ?s of the sample""; ""8 Index""
Summary The book presented here is the first work of Western literary criticism to examine the Hindi laghukath? - a modern Indian prose genre that has been published since the 1970s in Hindi newspapers and magazines and is characterised 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 laghukath? is based on indigenous genres which have been modernised, 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 laghukath?, suggesting a range of compulsory, desirable and optional features. English translations of almost 50 representative Hindi texts complete the picture and thus provide an insight into this genre so far unknown to a Western audience.
Note In English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9783110896527 (electronic bk.)
3110896524 (electronic bk.)
3110175932 (acid-free paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1515/9783110896527
OCLC # 861526005
Additional Format Print version: Sarma, Ira Valeria 1967- Laghukatha. Berlin ; New York : Walter de Gruyter, 2003. xii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. Indian philology and South Asian studies ; v. 4 9783110175936 (DLC) 2002031295

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