The Hindi Canon

Intellectuals, Processes, Criticism

Mrityunjay Tripathi. Translated by Shad Naved

Tulika Books

The Hindi Canon

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Pub Date: November 2018

ISBN: 9788193401590

200 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $35.00£27.00

The Hindi Canon

Intellectuals, Processes, Criticism

Mrityunjay Tripathi. Translated by Shad Naved

Tulika Books

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This book was first published in Hindi under the title Hindi Alochana mein Canon-Nirman ki Prakriya in 2015. It was acclaimed as one of the first critical studies of the processes of canonization (pratimanikaran) in Hindi. Indeed, the word ‘canon’ was used by the author to ask a new set of questions about the development of languages of criticism in Hindi, moving beyond the available vocabulary of man (worth), mulya (value), pratiman (epitome), and manak (evaluation). In the process, the theological roots of canon formation were shown to be foundational in the making of the Hindi critical lexicon and canon.

This book presents a systematic but critical account of the beginnings, development and history of the process of canonization in Hindi via such exemplary figures as George Grierson, Garcin de Tassy, Ramchandra Shukla, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Ram Vilas Sharma, Muktibodh, Namwar Singh, Nirmal Verma, and Vijaydev Narayan Sahi. It proposes an intellectual history of Hindi criticism in the twentieth century, which today faces the challenges of a decanonization move in the form of feminist and Dalit thought.

About the Author

Mrityunjay Tripathi is assistant professor in the School of Letters, Ambedkar University Delhi. He has translated the autobiography of Mallikarjun Mansur into Hindi (Rasyatra) and a Hindi translation of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is forthcoming in 2018. Siyah Hashiye is a published collection of his poetry.

Shad Naved teaches in the Comparative Literature Program, School of Letters, Ambedkar University Delhi.