Writing Resistance – the Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature (South Asia Across the Disciplines), written by Laura R Brueck, is the first close and original work on the growing body of contemporary Hindi – language Dalit or low – caste literature in India. There have been incredible literary and socio – political influence of the Dalit literary movement on different Indian linguistic regions. However, despite this fact, there are very few scholars who have tried to recognise and write extensively about this crucial framework before.
The author presents a unique approach in this book, that travels much beyond celebrating as well as recognising the speaking of the Dalits. It emphasises on the socio – political angles and the literary tactics of a number of Dalit writers in the present times who are writing in the Hindi language. Through her book, Brueck seeks to answer many important questions like what makes the Dalit literature low caste or Dalit, why this genre so crucial, what makes it good and how does it contradict or fuse with the other different Indian – literature bodies.
The author closely follows the arguments made by the contemporary Dalit writers while they establish a specially formed critical approach for Dalit literature. Through this book, she underlines the importance of the Dalit literature, as they generate and promote the contemporary social and political identities of the Dalits. The author then follows this up with close readings of the narratives from Hindi Dalit literary prose, while focussing on the stylish and aesthetic strategies that are used by the writers whose gender, geographic background and class shape their different voices. The book reveals the complexities of the socio – political and identity – based origins by reading the Dalit literary works as a distinct literature.
Writing Resistance – the Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature (South Asia Across the Disciplines) was published by Columbia University Press in the year 2014. The book is available in paperback.