• Tahir Mahmood Government College University, Lahore
  • Saeed Bhutta
Keywords: Poornay, Punjabi Literature, Hussain Shahis, Social History, Oral History


Hussain Shahid’s collection of essays, entitled Poornay, has a special significance in the history of criticism in Punjabi literature. In this article, an effort has been made to understand his concept of literary criticism. The author has focused on Hussain Shahid’s two fundamental ideas. First, he outlined responsibilities of Punjabi writer in the given socio-historical context. Second, Hussain Shahid tried to provide a fresh evaluation of Punjabi classical literature in light of principles of New Criticism. This article appreciated the manner in which he added a new flavor to Punjabi criticism.


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