Urdu Short Story courses

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Urdu literature, highly influenced by classical Persian literature, dates back to the 11th century. Although its early expressions were dominated mostly by poetry, it later expanded into other styles of writing. Dastangoi - the oral storytelling genre that originated in the Middle East - played a major part in the development of the Urdu language and paved the way for another modern genre of Urdu literature, the afsanah (short story). The afsanah has existed for more than a hundred years, passing through a number of major phases including the early romantic, progressive, modernist and post-modernist periods. It continues to occupy a central role in contemporary Urdu literary expression today.

Urdu afsanah writers have dealt with a number of pressing issues ranging from the trauma of partition and Pakistan's creation (1947) to the complexities of post-colonial and post-independence life within Pakistani and Indian society. As part of our courses, works by the following will be surveyed: Ismat Chugtai, Saadat Hasan Manto, Patraz Bukhari, Premchand, Altaf Fatima, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Qurrat-ul-ain Haider, Ghulam Abbas, Ashfaq Ahmed, Bano Qudsia and Intizar Hussain.

To book a short course, get in touch today.

Neelofer Korotana