Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

Note on Transliteration and Sources

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pp. xi-xii

List of Illustrations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xix

I have spent over a decade engaging with the texts and the people related to Bombay sathottari poetry and I have found a community of friends, mentors, and supporters whom I will briefly acknowledge but who deserve more than I can say here. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to present...

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Introduction: Archiving the Ephemeral

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pp. 3-32

Kolatkar’s poetry is at the heart of Bombay Modern. Despite the fact that this book ends with a series of close readings of Kolatkar’s poems, the project itself is committed to finding the right critical tools to understand the work of this bilingual, multivocational poet. In order to accomplish...

Part One. The Context

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Overview: The Sathottari Period

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pp. 35-39

From among the multiple political upheavals that took place during the sathottari period in this region, two of the most significant were the various outcomes of the Ambedkar movement, including the mass conversion of the Dalits (the so-called untouchables) to Buddhism by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar...

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1. Little Magazines and the New Space for Literary Writing

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pp. 40-73

The period of 1955–80 is that of the little magazine movement in Bombay, a movement that manifested itself in many of the regional writings in the various Indian languages in the post-independence period after 1947. This sathottari period in literature is first and foremost defined in Bombay by the rapid...

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2. Small Presses and Stabilizing the “Littles”

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pp. 74-105

The separation between little magazines and small presses that I am making in this book is an artificial differentiation. The same people who operated the little magazines also published a small number of books during this period: Ashok Shahane, who edited Aso (1963–65), also published...

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3. Translation and the Local Nexus of the Global in Sathottari Indian Literature

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pp. 106-132

When Vijaya Rajadhyaksha, the noted critic of B. S. Mardhekar’s poetry, asked of the sathottari little magazines in Marathi, “Here the question arises, why did these little magazines place so much importance on translated poetry? [Was it] because they felt Marathi poetry was meaningless?” 1 one could say she was being disingenuous...

Part Two. The Texts

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Overview: Arun Kolatkar’s Life and Work

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pp. 135-139

Arun Kolatkar was born on November 1, 1931, in Kolhapur, a large heartland city of the state of Maharashtra. There was English and Western art in his world through his father’s influence and exposure to Indian art through the company he kept as a young adolescent in Kolhapur, and the young...

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4. The Book as a Little Magazine: The Cosmopolitan Localism of Bhijaki Vahi

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pp. 140-167

Bhijaki Vahi (The Soaked Notebook) was the biggest poetic project in Marathi that Kolatkar published during his lifetime (and it also secured the Sahitya Akademi award posthumously for the poet in 2005). Even more than his other books of poems, Bhijaki Vahi is one of the notable achievements of Kolatkar’s writing career...

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5. Material Modernisms of Small Press Publishing in Jejuri, Kala Ghoda Poems, and Sarpa Satra

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pp. 168-194

The sathottari Bombay poets who wrote in Marathi and English were virulently opposed to the romanticization of the world and therefore shunned conventional images of nature in their poems. And yet, as one sees in Kolatkar’s poetry, images from nature are present everywhere and they represent something real and material...

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6. The Rough Ground of Translation in the Marathi and English Jejuri

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pp. 195-212

Kolatkar already had a coterie reputation in the 1970s, and he became well-known after the publication of the English Jejuri when it won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1977. Among other things, in 1977 Homi Bhabha declared the arrival of Indian poetry with the publication of Jejuri;1 the Marathi little...

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Epilogue: No Singular Truths

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pp. 213-218

In the genre of poetry, Bombay Modern offers an alternative locus for scholarly study to that of fiction in South Asian and postcolonial studies. Bombay Modern reads sathottari poetry as textual concatenations of the rhythms of publishing, of literary gatherings, of translation practices...

Notes

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pp. 219-262

Bibliography

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pp. 263-280

Index

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pp. 281-293