Up to date? Hindi literature in the 21st century 
Ulrike Stark (University of Chicago)
Francesca Orsini (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Start time:
28 July, 2012 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel will focus on developments in Hindi literature in the post-liberalisation era. Contributors will identify new and influential voices in contemporary Hindi writing, analyse recent trends, and investigate the role of the changing literary market and the new web media since the 1990s.

Long Abstract

Plenty of exciting new writing and new voices have appeared in Hindi since the 1990s, and although certain strands (like Dalit writing) have received considerable attention, there has not yet been a collective attempt to step back and take stock of where Hindi literature is now. As Hindi is turning from scorned vernacular into "cool India's preferred bhasha" (Hindustan Times, 2008), Hindi literary criticism has largely failed to engage with the literary production of the past two decades. Given the rapid socio-economic changes of the post-liberalisation era, much attention has focused on the sites of globalised India (call-centres, gated communities, etc.)—have Hindi writers concerned themselves with these changes, and if so how? What trends can we identify, on the basis of the most significant texts and authors of the past twenty years?

The papers will:

- Analyse particular texts from this period, highlighting their significance and impact upon the Hindi literary scene;

- Identify particular trends or genres of writing;

- Discuss important critical interventions by contemporary critics on the current Hindi literary scene;

- Probe the literary marketplace, production trends and consumption patterns

- Investigate the role of the internet and Hindi/bilingual web journals as new sites of literary expression, criticism, and dialogue

- Discuss socio-literary features, such as the rise in literary and non-literary translations, readership, the role of particular journals (e.g. Tadbhav)

Accepted papers: