The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature  -  Poetry and Prose Miscellany

The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature - Poetry and Prose Miscellany

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Author: Mehr Afshan Farooqi
Several Contributors/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Mehr Afshan Farooqi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 380
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780198069171


The Oxford India Anthology of Modern Urdu Literature comprehensively and creatively surveys the field from the mid-nineteenth to late twentieth centuries.

Covering 100 years of literary production, including about 90 authors and over 130 selections, and many new translations, the twin volumes covers major genres like poetry, drama, and fiction, as well as essays, autobiography, and letters.

The 'Poetry and Prose Miscellany' volume begins with Akbar Ilahabadi (1846-1921) and ends with Tanveer Anjum (b. 1956), and includes celebrated practitioners like Muhammad Iqbal, Firaq Gorakhpuri, and Faiz Ahmad Faiz, among others.

The prose miscellany-essays and sketches, autobiography, drama, humour and satire, and letters--includes such past masters as Abul Kalam Azad, Shahid Ahmad Dehlvi, Saadat Hasan Manto, and Ismat Chughtai, as well as an interesting selection of anecdotes on well-known literary personages like Ghalib, Mir Insha ullah Khan Unsha, Josh Malihabadi, and others--something rarely seen in canonical literature.

The Introduction, giving an overview of the development of Urdu literature and placing the writings in their proper historical context, is accompanied by a chronological listing of authors, biographical head-notes of the writings, glossary, and bibliography to help readers understand and savour the rich diversity of Urdu literature.

General readers, as well as students and scholars of literature, in particular Urdu literature, comparative literature, and translation studies.

Special Features:

100 years of Urdu literature: mid-19th to late 20th centuries.
Writings of acclaimed figures in modern Urdu literature.
Covers poetry, drama, essays and sketches, letters, anecdotes, humour, and satire.
Authors from both India and Pakistan represented.


Akbar Ilahabadi: 'Lightning in Church', 'Satirical Verses'
Muhammad Iqbal: 'Wild Poppy', 'The Spirit of the Earth Welcomes Adam'
Fani Badayuni: 'Ghazal'
Hasrat Mohani: 'Ghazal'
Brij Narain Chakbast: 'His Mother's Reply'
Yagana Changezi: 'Ghazal'
Firaq Gorakhpuri: 'Rubaiyat'
Makhdoom Muhiuddin: 'Beloved Child', 'Our City'
Asrarul ul Haq Majaz: 'To Aligarh: A Dedication'
Nun Mim Rashid: 'Hasan the Potter', 'In the Depths of the Ocean'
Faiz Ahmad Faiz: 'Dawn of Freedom (August 1947)', 'Brief Meeting'
Miraji: 'The Juhu Shore', 'An Evening on the Far Side of the Wine Glass', 'The Clerk's Love Song or the Love Song of the Clerk'
Ali Sardar Jafri: 'My Voyage'
Majid Amjad: 'Urban Expresion'
Akhtarul Iman: 'Keeping a Promise', 'Renaissance'
Munibur Rahman: 'Snowman', 'Fake Flowers', 'Death of a Day', 'In the Month of December'
Nasir Kazmi: 'Parting', 'Dreams of a Forgotten Land', 'Who Passes By?'
Muhammad Alvi: 'Accident', 'A Poem', 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Khalilur Rahman Azmi: 'Moment's Death', 'Ghazal'
Ibne Insha: 'Ghazal'
Zeb Ghori: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Balraj Komal: 'The Paper Boat', 'Saba's Hands are Now Saffron', 'The Little Rider'
Munir Niazi: 'Cry in the Wilderness', 'A Dream of Earthly Paradise in the Shadow of War', 'From One World to Another', 'Evening Among Enemies'
Ahmad Mushtaq: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Rajinder Manchanda Bani: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Zafar Iqbal: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Kumar Pashi: 'An Ancient Story', 'The Free Citizen: An Introduction' BL
Saqi Farooqi: 'An Injured Tomcat in an Empty Sack', 'Sher Imdad Ali's Frog'
Iftikhar Jalib: 'Mist'
Akhlaq Muhammad Khan Shahryar: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Adil Mansuri: 'On the Passing of My Father', 'Ginsberg'
Bilqees Zafirul Hasan: 'Dignity', 'Will You Be My Friend?', 'Some Poems: Craving Indulgence'
Irfan Siddiqi: 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal', 'Ghazal'
Kishwar Naheed: 'One of Many Stories', 'I Feel It In My Bones', 'Mother Am I?'
Amjad Islam Amjad: 'Love's Story', 'A Poem'
Fahmida Riaz: 'Come, Bring Your Hand Here', 'Four Walls and a Black Veil'
Azra Abbas: 'Another Life', 'Avowal'
Sara Shagufta: 'For Sheli, My Daughter', 'A Debt'
Tanveer Anjum: 'Not a Sound', 'Death, Instantly'
Prose Miscellany : Essays and Sketches
Abdul Haq: 'Hali'
Hasan Nizami: 'Guests are Pests'
Mirza Farhatullah Beg: 'Delhi's Last Mushairah'
Ashraf Sabuhi: 'Mithu Bhatiyara'
Shahid Ahmad Dehlvi: 'Delights of Chowk'
Saadat Hasan Manto: 'Two Encounters with Agha Hashr Kashmiri'
Ismat Chughtai: 'Hellbound'
Qaisari Begum: 'My Marriage', 'Bashfulness of Brides'
Shabbir Hasan Khan Josh Malihabadi: 'Procession of Memories: Sarojini Naidu'
Akhtar Husain Raipuri: 'Maulvi Abdul Haq's Little Zoo'
Ale Ahmed Suroor: 'Dreams Still Remain'
Nida Fazli: 'Beyond Walls'
Imtiaz Ali Taj: 'Anarkali'
Humour and Satire
Rashid Ahmad Siddiqi: 'Aligarh's Mushairah
Ahmad Shah Bukhari Pitras: 'The Saviour of Muridpur'
Shaukat Thanavi: 'House of Wealth'
Upendranath Ashk: 'Hats and Doctors'
Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi: 'A Fine Madness'
Abul Kalam Azad: 'The Crow and the Bulbul'
Safiya Akhtar: 'Last Letters'
Literary Anecdotes
List of Translators
Select Bibliography