Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers Movement in Urdu

Hardcover | November 3, 2014

byRakhshanda Jalil

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This book explores a critical history of the Progressive Writers' Movement (PWM) in India, particularly in the context of Urdu literature. It traces gradual emergence of political and social consciousness from the mid-nineteenth century, as reflected in Urdu literature of this period andbrings to light the writers associated with it - from Faiz Ahmad Faiz to Ali Sardar Jafri. Affording rare insights into the role played by the Progressive Writers' Association (PWA) - and, from 1943 onwards, its partner organization, the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) - the workcritically analyses these twin forces' influence on literature and, by extension, on all forms of art and popular culture-radio and films.

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This book explores a critical history of the Progressive Writers' Movement (PWM) in India, particularly in the context of Urdu literature. It traces gradual emergence of political and social consciousness from the mid-nineteenth century, as reflected in Urdu literature of this period andbrings to light the writers associated with it - ...

Rakshanda Jalil is a well-known writer, literary critic, and independent researcher and also former Senior Associate Fellow, Council for Social Development in New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 9.96 × 6.22 × 0.01 inPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Linkages between Social Change and Urdu Literature: From 1850s till 1920s1.1 The Revolt of 1857 and its Aftermath1.2 Muslim Responses to 18571.3 Literary Trends: 1857-1920s2. Rise of Socialist Consciousness: From 1900 till 1930s2.1 Political Background: 1900-1930s2.2 Introduction of Socialist Thought and Setting up of the CPI2.3 The Appearance of Socially-engaged Literature3. Analysing Angarey3.1 Five Stories by Sajjad Zaheer3.2 Two Stories by Ahmed Al3.3 A Story by Mahmuduzzafar3.4 A Story and a Play by Mahmuduzzafar4. The Furor over the Publication of Angarey4.1 Why was Angarey Considered Incendiary?4.2 Reactions in the Press4.3 What the Angarey Quartet Did Thereafter5. Setting up the All-India Progressive Writers' Association5.1 Drawing up the Manifesto in London5.2 Back in India - The Build-up to the First AIPWA5.3 The Successes of the First AIPWA Conference, Lucknow6. From Shabab to Inquilab: A Study of Progressive Poetry from the 1930s-1950s6.1 The Glory Days (1936-1947)6.2 Asrarul Haq Majaz (1909-1955)6.3 Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-1984)6.4 Makhdoom Mohiuddin and the Others7. From Fasana to Afsana: A Study of Progressive Prose from the 1930s-1950s7.1 Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1955)7.2 Ismat Chughtai (1915-1991)7.3 Rajinder Singh Bedi, Krishan Chandar and the Others8. The Decline of the Progressive Writers' Movement8.1 Political Ramifications of the PWM8.2 The PWA in Pakistan8.3 Conclusion: The Rise and Fall of the PWA in India8.3.1.1 Reasons for Success8.3.1.2 Reasons for DeclineBibliographyAnnexure I: Major Writers and Poets Associated with the PWMAnnexure II: Some Important Dates in the history of the PWMAnnexure III: Major Progressive Literature in Urdu (1935-1955)Annexure IV: Three Versions of the First Manifesto of the AIPWAAnnexure V: Correspondence Regarding New Indian LiteratureIndexAbout the Author