Hindi Dalit Literature And The Politics Of Representation

Author: Sarah Beth Hunt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317559517
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This study explores how Dalits in north India have used literature as a means of protest against caste oppression. Including fresh ethnographic research and interviews, it traces the trajectory of modern Dalit writing in Hindi and its pivotal role in the creation, rise and reinforcement of a distinctive Dalit identity. The book challenges the existing impression of Hindi Dalit literature as stemming from the Dalit political assertion of the 1980s and as being chiefly imitative of the Marathi Dalit literature model. Arguing that Hindi Dalit literature has a much longer history in north India, it examines two differing strands that have taken root in Dalit expression — the early ‘popular’ production of smaller literary pamphlets and journals at the beginning of the 20th century and more contemporary modes such as autobiographies, short stories and literary criticism. The author highlights the ways in which such various forms of literary works have supported the proliferation of an all-encompassing identity for the so-called ‘untouchable’ castes. She also underscores how these have contributed to their evolving political consciousness and consolidation of newer heterogeneous identities, making a departure from their long-perceived image. The work will be important for those in Dalit studies, subaltern history, Hindi literature, postcolonial studies, political science and sociology as well as the informed general reader.

Writing Resistance

Author: Laura R. Brueck
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537565
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Writing Resistance is the first close study of the growing body of contemporary Hindi-language Dalit (low caste) literature in India. The Dalit literary movement has had an immense sociopolitical and literary impact on various Indian linguistic regions, yet few scholars have attempted to situate the form within contemporary critical frameworks. Laura R. BrueckÕs approach goes beyond recognizing and celebrating the subaltern speaking, emphasizing the sociopolitical perspectives and literary strategies of a range of contemporary Dalit writers working in Hindi. Brueck explores several essential questions: what makes Dalit literature Dalit? What makes it good? Why is this genre important, and where does it oppose or intersect with other bodies of Indian literature? She follows the debate among Dalit writers as they establish a specifically Dalit literary critical approach, underscoring the significance of the Dalit literary sphere as a ÒcounterpublicÓ generating contemporary Dalit social and political identities. Brueck then performs close readings of contemporary Hindi Dalit literary prose narratives, focusing on the aesthetic and stylistic strategies deployed by writers whose class, gender, and geographic backgrounds shape their distinct voices. By reading Dalit literature as literature, this study unravels the complexities of its sociopolitical and identity-based origins.

Dalit Politics And Literature

Author: Pradeep K. Sharma
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The Dalit Movements In India Have Occupied Significant Place In The History Of Social Movements As Well As In The Discourse Of Social Sciences. These Movements Have Addressed Numerous Issues That Facilitate To Understand And Analyse Indian Polity. ;;The Literary Expression Of Political Consciousness And Movements Among Or For The Dalits In North India Is The New Emerging Trend. This Trend Has Served Enormously To The Cause And Widened Its Constituency. ;;The Book Explores Relationship Between Politics And Literature With A Critical Analysis Of Texts From The Hindi Literature Both By Dalits And Nondalits. It Underlines Not Only The Major Issues And Concerns Of The Movements But Also To Demonstrate That Political Consciousness Is Also Expressed Through Many More Innovative And Creative Methods Like Art And Literature.;;

Reconsidering Untouchability

Author: Ramnarayan S. Rawat
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253222621
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"Challenges and revises our understanding of the historical and contemporary role of Dalits in Indian society. A pathbreaking book that rightfully restores the historical agency of and gives voice to Dalits in North India." --Anand A. Yang, University of Washington --

Untouchable Dalits In Modern India

Author: S. M. Michael
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555876975
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This work criticizes academic theories on caste in Indian society. It introduces the customs of Dalit freedom fighting and uses case studies to illustrate the Dalits' struggles in a modern world of communalized politics and market reforms.

Unclaimed Terrain

Author: Ajay Navaria
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ISBN: 9781459699748
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The narrator of the lead story in this collection occupies an 'unclaimed terrain', as do many of Ajay Navaria's characters. Journeying from a Dantewada village in India's east to the town of Nagpur and from there to Mumbai, the Byronic protagonist is raped, works as a masseur and then as a gigolo even while pursuing his education. The city teaches him the many meanings of labour, and he is freed - if ultimately destroyed - by its infinite possibilities for self - invention. As complex as they are political, Navaria's characters - ranging from a brahmin labourer to a dalit male prostitute - are neither black nor white, neither clearly good nor evil. They inhabit a grey zone; they linger in the transitional space between past object and future subject, between caste and democracy. Unclaimed Terrain represents Giramondo's commitment to South Asian literature and to writing which explores social difference and inequality.

Joothan

Author: Omaprakāśa Vālmīki
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231503372
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Omprakash Valmiki describes his life as an untouchable, or Dalit, in the newly independent India of the 1950s. "Joothan" refers to scraps of food left on a plate, destined for the garbage or animals. India's untouchables have been forced to accept and eat joothan for centuries, and the word encapsulates the pain, humiliation, and poverty of a community forced to live at the bottom of India's social pyramid. Although untouchability was abolished in 1949, Dalits continued to face discrimination, economic deprivation, violence, and ridicule. Valmiki shares his heroic struggle to survive a preordained life of perpetual physical and mental persecution and his transformation into a speaking subject under the influence of the great Dalit political leader, B. R. Ambedkar. A document of the long-silenced and long-denied sufferings of the Dalits, Joothan is a major contribution to the archives of Dalit history and a manifesto for the revolutionary transformation of society and human consciousness.

Untouchable Fictions Literary Realism And The Crisis Of Caste

Author: Toral Jatin Gajarawala
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
ISBN: 0823245241
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Untouchable Fictions considers the crisis of literary realism--progressive, rural, regionalist, experimental--in order to derive a literary genealogy for the recent explosion of Dalit ("untouchable caste") fiction. Drawing on a wide array of writings from Premchand and Renu in Hindi to Mulk Raj Anand and V. S. Naipaul in English, Gajarawala illuminates the dark side of realist complicity: a hidden aesthetics and politics of caste. How does caste color the novel? What are its formal tendencies? What generic constraints does it produce?