In this accessible volume, Laura Brueck draws the reader into the world of Hindi Dalit literature, providing an extended introduction to this fascinating political and aesthetic movement. In the initial half of the book, she explores the development of this literary genre and voice, as Dalit writers and critics strive to control representation and revision identities and social relations. In the second half, she examines the works of selected Dalit authors writing in Hindi, moving beyond the genre of autobiography and the concomitant focus on content that has marked so many earlier studies to offer literary aesthetic analyses of selected short stories. In so doing, she traverses a wide range of issues of representation and resistance, authority and authenticity, class and gender, of interest to a broad audience;...

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