ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Remembering Wajida Tabassum’s Radical Short Fiction

Wajida Tabassum’s stories—relatively unknown now, but popular and controversial in her time—explore gender and class through sexuality, desire, and resistance.


Urdu Literature

Women writers have been the most significant contributors to Urdu fiction in the subcontinent. Ismat Chughtai, Rashid Jahan, and Qurratulain Hyder—the most venerated names of Urdu writing—have regularly featured in postcolonial magazines, translated anthologies, and university textbooks. And yet, a shortcoming of recuperative endeavours in literary studies is that while some names become contemporaneous and canonical, many others languish in obscurity, like the 20th-century writer Wajida Tabassum.

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Updated On : 25th Sep, 2021
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