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Kama's Flowers
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Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885-1925. Kama’s Flowers documents the transformation of Hindi poetry during the crucial period of 1885-1925. As Hindi was becoming a national language and Indian nationalism was emerging, Hindi authors articulated a North Indian version of modernity by revisioning Nature. While their writing has previously been seen as an imitation of European Romanticism, Valerie Ritter shows its unique and particular function in North India. Description of the natural world recalled traditional poetics, particularly erotic and devotional poetics, but was now used to address socio-political concerns, as authors created literature to advocate for a “national character” and to address a growing audience of female readers. Examining Hindi classics, translations from English poetry, literary criticism, and little-known popular works, Ritter combines translations with fresh literary analysis to show the pivotal role of nature in how modernity was understood. Bringing a new body of literature to English-language readers, Kama’s Flowers also reveals the origins of an influential visual culture that resonates today in Bollywood cinema.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Transliteration Conventions and Abbreviations
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Note on Translations
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xxv
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  1. 1. Terms of Engagement: A Guide to the Assumptions of Hindi Poetics
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Critical Nature: Defining Hindi Poetic Modernity
  2. pp. 33-63
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  1. 3. Nature in Translation: Goldsmith and Pope in Hindi
  2. pp. 65-90
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  1. 4. Realizing Classical Poetics: Recasting Sanskritic Landscapes
  2. pp. 91-115
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  1. 5. Independent Subjects: Modern Modes of Nature as a Literary Subject
  2. pp. 117-142
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  1. 6. Embodying the World: A Macrocosm of Natural Objects
  2. pp. 143-159
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  1. 7. Women Problems: Poetics without Śṛṅgāra
  2. pp. 161-194
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  1. 8. A Critical Interlude: Rāmacandra Śukla and “Natural Scenes in Poetry” (1923)
  2. pp. 195-218
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  1. 9. The Prospect of Chāyāvād, 1920–25: Developing Perspectives on Natural Poetics
  2. pp. 219-242
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  1. Concluding Remarks
  2. pp. 243-249
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-296
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  1. Select Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-307
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-340
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