The social space of language : vernacular culture in British colonial Punjab

Mir, Farina, author

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  • Creator Farina Mir
  • Format Books
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
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  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xiii, 277 pages) : illustrations, maps
  • ISBNs 9780520947641, 0520947649, 9780520262690, 0520262697
  • OCLC ocn669495772


  • This rich cultural history set in Punjab examines a little-studied body of popular literature to illustrate both the durability of a vernacular literary tradition and the limits of colonial dominance in British India. Farina Mir asks how qisse, a vibrant genre of epics and romances, flourished in colonial Punjab despite British efforts to marginalize the Punjabi language. She explores topics including Punjabi linguistic practices, print and performance, and the symbolic content of qisse. She finds that although the British denied Punjabi language and literature almost all forms of state patron.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction -- Forging a language policy -- Punjabi print culture -- A Punjabi literary formation -- Place and personhood -- Piety and devotion -- Conclusion
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