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Title: Writing from the margins : Muslim authors in Hindi and 'minor literature'
Author: Landau, David Schocken
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 632X
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis examines the writings of four authors from Muslim backgrounds writing in Hindi from the 1980s to the 2010s. Since minorities are usually the first victims of changes in social relations and are traditionally scapegoated, I approach their writings to gain a better understanding of reactions to their perceptions on minoritization in post-independence India, particularly in the context of the rise of the form of Hindu-based nationalism known as Hindutva. This thesis adopts the critical perspective on "Minor Literature" put forward by Deleuze and Guattari with regard to Franz Kafka, seeking to extend it and test it in relation to the writings of other "national minorities" that share the similar characteristic of being members of a minority community writing in the majority's language. The authors examined here add a nuanced understanding of the different histories of various Muslim communities in north India, showing that there is no monolithic Indian Muslim identity and that specific local histories are at least as important as national ones. Moreover, through close readings of their novels and short stories this thesis shows that the Hindi– Urdu debate continues to be relevant and that Muslim authors occupy a position from which they can challenge popular assumptions regarding the equation of Hindi with Hindu.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral