Hindi in History

Allison Busch
Columbia University

Hindi in History Allison Busch

Abstract:
Much of our understanding of the Mughal period (1526-1858) has derived from Persian texts that represent the point of view of empire. The same period saw the rise of Brajbhasha (classical Hindi) and other vernacular languages. In this talk Professor Busch discusses literary traditions of memory that were commissioned by regional courts and recorded in early dialects of Hindi. These beautiful poems have been too little tapped by scholars for either their literary or historical value. Busch shares some of her approaches to “Hindi in History,” the subject of one of her current book projects. Two productive frameworks for her research have been vernacular history and the perspectives of emotional history. She is also interested in forms of early modern self-presentation and questions of gender and political ethics.