Gender, Sex, and the City Urdu Rekhti Poetry in India, 1780-1870

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  • Edition: Bilingual
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book explores the urban, cosmopolitan sensibilities of Urdu poetry written in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Lucknow, which was the center of a flourishing Indo-Islamic culture. Ruth Vanita analyzes Rekhti, a type of Urdu poetry distinguished by a female speaker and a focus on women's lives, and shows how it became a catalyst for the transformation of the love poem.

Author Biography

Ruth Vanita is a professor at the University of Montana and formerly taught at Delhi University. She is the author of several books, most recently Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture. She was a founding co-editor of India's first nationwide feminist magazine, Manushi, and co-edited Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History, with Saleem Kidwai.

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"The book belongs to my favorite genre, where the translations, excellent as they are, push the reader toward tasting the 'original.'' - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, series editor (with Hosam Aboul-Ela) of Theory in the World

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