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The Hindi Public Sphere 1920–1940: Language and Literature in the Age of Nationalism

Francesca Orsini


This book analyses how a language became the instrument with which the contours of a new nation were traced. Mapping the success of formalized Hindi in creating a regional public sphere in north India in the early twentieth century, the book explores the way many educated Indians, influenced by the British ideas and institutions, expressed interest in new concepts such as progress, unity, and a common cultural heritage. From the development of new codes and institutions to a language that helped to create space for argument and debate, the book gives an overview of the Hindi public sphere. Fur ... More

Keywords: Hindi, regional public sphere, north India, cultural heritage, Hindi public sphere, Vasudha Dalmia, Hindi culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198062202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198062202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Orsini, author
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London