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Poetry of Kings: The Classical Hindi Literature of Mughal India

Allison Busch


This study of the classical Hindi tradition brings the world of Mughal-period poetry and court culture alive for an English readership. One highlight is the fascinating oeuvre of Keshavdas, whose seminal Rasikpriyā (Handbook for poetry connoisseurs, 1591) was much read and, in some cases, lavishly illustrated in the leading courts of early modern India. This book brings the perspectives of literary, social, and intellectual history to bear upon one of premodern North India’s most significant textual traditions, documenting the spectacular rise of a new class of Brajbhasha writers and scholars ... More

Keywords: Hindi, Brajbhasha, Rīti literature, court, Keshavdas, Rasikpriyā, Rajput, Mughal, early modern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199765928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allison Busch, author
Columbia University