Ghalib: Innovative Meanings and the Ingenious Mind by Gopi Chand NarangGhalib: Innovative Meanings and the Ingenious Mind by Gopi Chand Narang

Ghalib: Innovative Meanings and the Ingenious Mind

byGopi Chand Narang

Hardcover | November 2, 2017

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Interpretations of Mirza Ghalib's works have been changing with the times. Romantics, classicists, progressives, and modernists, all have found evidence in his writings that appeared close to their viewpoints. This work studies the ingenious poetics of Ghalib by tracing the roots of his creative consciousness and enigmatic thought in Buddhist dialectical philosophy, in particular in Nagarjuna's concept ofshunyata(emptiness or voidness). The author also underscores the importance of the Sabke Hinditradition, that is, the Indian style of Mughal Persian poetry with indigenized poetics, especially through Abdul-Qadir Bedil, whom Ghalib considered his mentor. He contends that Ghalib reinvented and polished this tradition deploying the dialectical mode and the language of silence he masteredthrough his understanding of the ancient philosophy of India under the influence of his mentor Bedil of the Sabke Hindi tradition. Creativity is a complex matter where nothing is cut numerically to the preconceived notions. The charm of love poetry of Ghalib comes from his complexity and ingenuity.This has been established through the study in this book that makes it exciting and revealing. Gopi Chand Narang engages with Ghalib criticism that has flourished since his death and analyses the important works of the poet, including pieces from earlyNuskhas andDivan-e Ghalib, using this centralargument.
Gopi Chand Narang is professor emeritus at the University of Delhi and Jamia Milia Islamia. A renowned exponent of Urdu literature, he has won numerous prestigious awards and has been recipient of honours, including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and Sitara-e Imtiaz as well as the President's National Gold Medal, for his study of Allama ...
Title:Ghalib: Innovative Meanings and the Ingenious MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:November 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface: Speech is honoured a hundred times when it appears on your miraculous lips1. Hali'sYadgar-e Ghalib2. Bijnouri, Divan-e Ghalib, and Sacred Vedas3. India's Thought and Negative Dialectics4. Buddhist Thought and Shunyata5. The Sabke Hindi Tradition and Its Indigenous Roots6. Bedil, Ghalib, Masnawi Irfan and Indian Thought7. Dead Leaves, a Romantic Interlude, and a Stricken Heart8. The First Rendition: Innovative Meaning and the Dialectical Mind9. The Second Rendition: Innovative Meaning and the Dialectical Mind10. The Published Divan: Innovative Meaning and the Dialectical Mind11. Shunyata, Dialectical Poetics, and Freedom12. Landmark Life Events, Masnawis, Prose, Wit and Humor, and the Dialectical MindBibliographyAbout the Author and TranslatorIndex