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Urdu Crime Fiction 1890-1950

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Harris Hall, 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures   (847) 491-5288

Group: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Category: Academic


Talk by C.M. Naim (University of Chicago) followed by q&a.

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.

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