Hindi Modernism: Rethinking Agyeya and His Times (STEDT monograph series) (English and Hindi Edition)

 
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Born in 1911 on the border of Nepal, as a boy Agyeya travelled across India, from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu. Later, while in college in Lahore, Agyeya became an underground revolutionary. He advocated for India's freedom, and a decade later he served as an anti-fascist officer in the British army. In the mid-1940s and early 1950s, Agyeya began his work as a prominent literary figure of a subcontinent torn by independence, partition, nationhood, and the Cold War. It was a time when the Hindi world strove to make Hindi the national language. The Berkeley symposium on which this book is based explored the formations of this period-- of the nation, and of the literary vanguard and movements that were created around and against the figure of Agyeya. But is this the only perspective through which to access Agyeya and his influence? This book is a collection of revised versions of the papers presented at the Berkeley symposium. The symposium had as a task to reappraise Agyeya and his works in and of themselves but also vis-a-vis his contemporaries.

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Vasudha Dalmia (editor) is Professor of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. This book is a collection of papers delivered during the Berkeley symposium, starring Ashok Vajpeyi, Alok Rai, Uday Prakash, Simona Sawhney, Nikhil Govind, Francesca Orsini, Barbara Lotz, Greg Goulding, Renata Czekalska, Sanjeev Kumar, and Vasudha Dalmia himself.

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