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Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the ProgressiveWriters' Movement in Urdu

Rakhshanda Jalil


The aim of this book is to trace the birth, development, and decline of the Progressive Writers’ Movement (PWM) in the context of Urdu, and study the reasons thereof. This study begins not with the first All-India Progressive Writers’ Conference in April 1936, nor even with the publication of a book called Angarey in 1932 which is generally regarded as the harbinger of literary radicalism in Urdu literature. Instead, it begins with tracing the gradual emergence of political and social consciousness from the mid-nineteenth century as reflected in the Urdu literature of this period. Noting the a ... More

Keywords: Progressive Writers’ Movement, Angarey, literary radicalism, socially engaged literature, Sajjad Zaheer, tarraqui pasand, jadeediyat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198096733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198096733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rakhshanda Jalil, author
Well-known writer, literary critic, independent researcher; former Senior Associate Fellow, Council of Social Development, New Delhi