Dalmia, Vasudha [Hrsg.]:
Hindi Modernism : Rethinking Agyeya and his Times : Proceedings of the Berkeley Symposium February 11-13, 2011 / ed. by Vasudha Dalmia. - Berkeley, Calif. : Center for South Asia Studies, Univesity of California, Berkeley, 2012. - 218 S.
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Agyeya [Ajñeya] was born on March 7, 1911 in Kushinagar, on the border of Nepal. He travelled the length and breadth of India, from Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, with his archaeologist father. In his college years in Lahore, he became an underground revolutionary in the group around Bhagat Singh, agitating for India’s freedom, but a decade later, also an anti-fascist officer in the British army on its Eastern front in Assam. In the mid-1940s and early 1950s, already on the way to becoming a major literary figure, he threw himself into the midst of the heated literary controversies of the day, as the Indian subcontinent went through the last phase of World War II, independence, partition, the first troubled years of nationhood, and the Cold War. This was also a period, as we may recall, when the Hindi world, divided as it was, still nurtured the ambition that Hindi would become the national language of the nation. “Formations” was then the key word of the Berkeley conference, not only with reference to the nation, but also to the literary vanguard and movements in which Agyeya played a leading part, along with those movements that so vehemently opposed him. Today it is impossible to think of prayogvādīs or experimentalists with whom he was linked in the late 1940s and 1950s, without thinking of the pragatīvādīs or progressives. But are the rubrics which label the Hindi literary movements of the day, and the divisions which are also kept alive to this day, the only way to access Agyeya or indeed the other leading modernists of this period? A half century later, the Berkeley symposium set itself the task of reappraisal and possible new access to Agyeya and his works in and of themselves but also vis-à-vis his contemporaries. The proceedings carry the revised versions of the papers presented at the symposium. [Center for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley]
Buchbesprechung von Preetha Mani, in: South Asia Research. - 32 (2012), S. 287-290 [Sage Journals: South Asia Research).
- Hindi Modernism: Rethinking Agyeya and his Times. 218 S. (2012).