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Title: Siraiki and Siraiki literature, c.1750-1900, in Upper Sind and South-West Panjab.
Author: Shackle, Christopher.
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1972
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This thesis, being based upon the study of the Siräiki verse of seven poets writing in Upper Sind and South-West Panjab between c,1750 and 1900, represents an attempt to come to terms with the problems presented to the serious investigator of the pre-modern literatures of most New Indo-Aryan languages by the general lack of adequate critically prepared material. While small enough to be manageable, this sample is large. enough to afford an adequate basis for analysis and generalization, and it is hoped that the work may facilitate more detailed studies in the future, besides serving to illuminate problems in the immediately related fields of Panjabi and Sindhi literature. The thesis is divided into four parts. The first outlines the scope and context of Siräiki literature, before summarizing the lives of the principal writers and describing the texts used. The second part describes the literary language and its relationship to the local spoken dialects known as 'Southern Lahndä', previous studies of which are critically examined. In addition to a general phonological and morphological description, attention is paid to the use of the pronominal suffixes and to other noteworthy points of syntax. An appendix deals with the problems of Siräiki lexicography. The third part investigates formal poetic features of the literature, with particular reference to the types of rhyme and metre. Stress-accentuation is shown to be an important part of prosodic analysis. In the fourth part the content of the poetry is examined, and the combination of classical Islamic themes and Persian literary conventions with elements drawn from the local folk-tradition is discussed in detail, as it occurs in the work of the different poets. The thesis concludes with a short anthology of Siräiki poems, accompanied by translation and commentary.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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