Poetry of Kings: The Classical Hindi Literature of Mughal India

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9780198086048: Poetry of Kings: The Classical Hindi Literature of Mughal India

This in-depth study of the classical Hindi tradition brings the world of Mughal-era poetry and court culture alive for an English readership. Allison Busch draws on the perspectives of literary, social, and intellectual history to elucidate one of premodern India's most significant textual traditions, documenting the dramatic rise of a new type of professional Hindi writer while providing critical insight into the motives that animated this literary community and its patrons.
Busch provides valuable insight into more than two centuries of Hindi courtly culture. Poetry of Kings also showcases the importance of bringing precolonial archives into dialogue with current debates of postcolonial theory

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Allison Busch is Associate Professor of Hindi and Indian literature at Columbia University, New York. Her research centers on early modern Hindi literature and intellectual history, with a special interest in courtly India. She has published numerous articles on the literary and historical traditions of Hindi writers from the Mughal period.


"Allison Busch's well-crafted monograph explores a critical moment in both the literary culture of Hindi and the cultural history of early modern north India...This superb study marks a major achievement in our understanding of both Indian history and literature in the early modern era." --American Historical Review

"This book changes how we understand the literary culture of Mughal India and should therefore also change how teachers of South Asian religion present the Brajbhasha bhakti literature." --Religious Studies Review

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