Literature, Language, and Nation Formation: The Story of a Modern Hindi Journal 1900--1920

Literature, Language, and Nation Formation: The Story of a Modern Hindi Journal 1900--1920

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qLiterature, Language, and Nation Formation: The Story of a Modern Hindi Journal 1900-1920q is an inquiry into the cultural project of modernization taken up by the journal Sarasvati, a leading literary influence in the Hindi public sphere. Its project, spearheaded by Editor Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi (1864-1938), was the formation of a literary corpus that would establish the status of India as a nation and Hindi as its national language. Focusing on two genres (literary essays and the short story) and a period of twenty years (1900-1920), I argue in Part I of the dissertation that in Sarasvati, the push for literary and cultural modernity results in the equivalence of literature with knowledge. While the literary essays lay the groundwork for a conception of literature as a collectivity of knowledge for the nation, the short story, a new genre for Hindi fulfills this educational directive by distributing information about the emergent nation's individual subjects and their sometimes exemplary, sometimes flawed negotiation of modernity - especially through their encounters with changing social and physical landscapes. As the formation of literature and nation in Sarasvati is part of a dynamic process that takes 1 place vis-a-vis internal and external negotiation and contest, in Part II of this study, I examine some of the ways in which the journal---though as a whole it reflects the concerns of a dominant, nationalist ideology, also, through the medium of the short story, addresses the subjectivity of some of the nation's mainstream and marginalized constituents.contributions outside of Sarasvati are made to collections targeting women as readers or authors, including Vanita Vinod ... Essays such as aquot;Grihcharyaaquot; (daily routine), aquot;Striyon ki shikshaaquot; (womena#39;s education), and aquot;Sangit aur sui ka kamaquot;anbsp;...


Title:Literature, Language, and Nation Formation: The Story of a Modern Hindi Journal 1900--1920
Author: Sujata Sudhakar Mody
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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