The emerging complexity of Dalit consciousness
By: Laura Brueck
The world of Hindi Dalit literature is more than the sum of its stories.
Hindi Dalit literature's moment has arrived. After years of obscurity
and unflattering comparisons to the maturity and expressiveness of
Dalit literature in languages such as Marathi and Tamil, creative
Dalit writing in Hindi is finally reaching a more visible level of
popular recognition. Hindi Dalit novels, autobiographies, short-story
and poetry anthologies, as well as volumes of literary criticism, are
today being regularly published by Delhi's top Hindi-language
publishing houses, Rajkamal and Radhakrishna Prakashan. Dalit writers
infuse the pages of Delhi's top Hindi literary magazines, such as Hans
and Katha Desh, with their poetry, prose and political perspectives.
And in January, for the first time, a Dalit writer working in Hindi,
the Delhi-based author Ajay Navaria, will participate in the
international Jaipur Literature Festival.
The full version of this article will be uploaded on 11 January 2010.
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Laura Brueck is an assistant professor of Hindi Literature in the
Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of
Colorado at Boulder.
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