Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Dr. Chitralekha Zutshi

Committee Members

Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão

Dr. Jerry Watkins


The Progressive Writers' Movement emerged as a literary collective at the center of the leftist intellectual and literary culture in colonial South Asia. Its members produced literary works that dealt with issues of anti-imperialism, economic exploitation, misogyny, and a variety of other social ills. And while the male writers of the PWA are most remembered and celebrated for their contributions to the Urdu literary canon, it was the female writers that truly embodied the values and ideals of the PWA. This thesis analyses the works of writers Rashid Jahan and Qurratulain Hyder and aims to highlight the contributions that women made to the PWA in colonial and post-colonial South Asia. In particular, this thesis explored how these women embodied not only the success of the PWA, but also its decline in the post-colonial era.

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