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The Making of Modern Hindi: Literary Authority in Colonial North India

Sujata S. Mody


The Making of Modern Hindi examines the politics and processes of making Hindi modern at a formative moment in India’s history, when British imperialism was at its peak and anti-colonial sentiments were on the rise. It centres on the figure of Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi (1864-1938), an enterprising and contentious Hindi litterateur, and his project of constructing Hindi as a national language with a modern literature in the early twentieth century. Dwivedi’s unprecedented multimedia literary campaign as long-time editor of the Hindi journal Sarasvatī paved the way for Hindi’s progress into the mod ... More

Keywords: Dwivedi, Sarasvatī, modern Hindi, twentieth-century Indian literature, colonial modernity, vernacular literature, Hindi literary authority, national language and literature, print cultures, literary exchanges and rivalries, multimedia literary strategie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199489091
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sujata S. Mody, author
Associate Professor of Hindi-Urdu Language and Literature, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, North Carolina State University