South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Seminar Series: C.M. Naim on "Crime Fiction in Urdu, 1890–1950"

Thu, September 13, 2018 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Seminar Series: C.M. Naim on

C.M. Naim, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, will speak on "Crime Fiction in Urdu, 1890–1950" as part of the Fall South Asia Seminar Series

Crime fiction, generally known in Urdu as Jāsūsī Adab, began to appear in Urdu near the end of the 19th century, chiefly in the form of translations and adaptions. But by the 1920s any number of Urdu writers were also attempting original stories. Two names from that time of heyday gained permanent fame: Zafar Omar, for his highly successful and influential adaptions, and Tirath Ram Firozpuri, for his more than 150 translations. The talk will highlight the work of the two, and also discuss some of the original writings by two authors, Fida Ali Khanjar and Nadeem Sahba’i, who were quite popular once but are now equally forgotten.

The seminar series theme is "PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production," convened by Mary Rader, UT Libraries' South Asia Librarian. A light reception will precede the event at 3pm.

This talk is FREE! and open to the public.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute

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