SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Mr David Landau

BA South Asian Studies and English Literature (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) MA Comparative Literature (SOAS)
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Mr David Landau
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Working title - National narratives and the (re)production of Minority: Minor Literature in Hindi
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Through a reading of post-partition novels written by Muslim authors in Hindi this project examines questions regarding the position of minorities in the national language. Deploying Deleuze and Guattari’s definition of ‘Minor Literature’, the political tensions implicit in the position of minorities vis a vis the nation-state come to the fore. Literature written by Indian Muslims in Hindi serves both to define the fuzzy borders of the ‘Imagined Community’ and to challenge it at the same time. A close reading of different novels from different decades and different locations in North India provides us with a nuanced picture of how different policies and political events influence the fabric of daily life. The Babri Masjid demolition and the rise of Hindutva change relationships inside Muslims communities and between them and their Hindu neighbors and these processes are central to novels written from the mid nineteen eighties and onwards. The novels reveal how pre-national modes of communal existence survive alongside newer ideas that often place Muslims as a kind of internal ‘other’.


  • “Alienated at home: Manzoor Ahtesham’s Bhopal in Sūkhā Bargad and Dāstān e Lāpatā“. ‘Locality, narratives and experiences: Muslim past and present in South Asia’. Panel 32, The 24th ECSAS (European Conference on South Asian Studies). 28 July, 2016 Warsaw.
  • “Minor Literature in Hebrew and Hindi”. Paper presented at ‘Beyond Orient and Occident. Israel and the Middle East’. Heidelberg, October 18 and 19, 2015.


  • Member of the British Comparative Literature Association
  • Member of the European Association for South Asian Studies


  • Hindi Literature
  • Minor Literature
  • Comparative Literature