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New Book by Hans Harder on Bengali Satire

14. Okt. 2011

Prof. Hans Harder‘s new book “Verkehrte Welten: Bengalische Satiren aus dem Kolonialen Kalkutta“ has been released by Draupadi Verlag. The publication contains satirical texts from Bengal, India, written during British colonial rule.  

In "Verkehrte Welten", Prof. Harder explores how Bengali writers of the 19th and 20th century used satirical modes of writing to voice alternative views on a “world turned topsy-turvey “ by colonial domination. The book is a bilingual edition which provides a selection of thirteen witty, ingenious and self-deprecating satires in Bengali and German. The most well-known example is a text by Asia’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Hans Harder is Professor for Modern South Asian Languages and Literatures at the South Asia Institute (SAI) in Heidelberg. He coordinates the research projects B1 “Satire” and B13 “Tamil-Speaking Muslims” at the Cluster “Asia and Europe”. His book “Verkehrte Welten” was published by Draupadi Verlag, a Heidelberg-based publishing company focusing on Indian literatures.


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