Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India (Google eBook)

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Nalini Natarajan, Emmanuel Sampath Nelson
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1996 - Literary Collections - 440 pages
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India has a rich literary assemblage produced by its many different regional traditions, religious faiths, ethnic subcultures, and linguistic groups. The published literature of the 20th century is a particularly interesting subject and is the focus of this book as it represents the provocative conjuncture of the transitions of Indian modernity. This reference book surveys the major regional literatures of contemporary India in the context of the country's diversity and heterogeneity. The volume focuses on literatures written in languages other than English, rather than the more commonly studied English-language postcolonial works. Given India's enormous linguistic diversity, not all of the major regional literatures have been covered, although the book is as comprehensive as possible. An introductory essay overviews theoretical concerns, ideological and aesthetic considerations, developments in various genres, and the history of publishing in regional literatures. The introduction provides a context for approaching the chapters that follow, each of which is devoted to the literature of a particular region. Each chapter begins with a concise introductory section. The body of each chapter is structured according to social and historical events, literary forms, or broad descriptive or analytic trends, depending on the particular subject matter. Each chapter then closes with an extensive bibliography of primary works, thus documenting the rich literary tradition of the region. Some chapters also cite secondary sources as an aid to the reader. The final chapters of the book address special topics, such as sub-cultural literatures, or the interplay between literature and film. A list of additional sources of general information concludes the volume.
  

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Contents

TwentiethCentury Assamese Literature
21
TwentiethCentury Bengali Literature
45
TwentiethCentury Indian Literature in English
84
TwentiethCentury Gujarati Literature
100
TwentiethCentury Hindi Literature
134
TwentiethCentury Kannada Literature
160
TwentiethCentury MaCoynCom Literature
180
TwentiethCentury Marathi Literature
207
TwentiethCentury Telugu Literature
306
TwentiethCentury Urdu Literature
329
Dalit Literature in Marathi
363
Porsi Literature in English
382
Sanskrit Poetics
398
Perspectives on Bengali Film and Literature
410
Selected General Critical Bibliography
423
Index
425

TwentiethCentury Panjobi Literature
249
TwentiethCentury Tamil Literature
289
About the Contributors
439
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About the author (1996)

Nalini Natarajan is a Professor at the English Department, College of Humanities, University of Puerto Rico in the US, where she has been teaching at since 1987. Prior to this, she taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (1978 80) and Miranda House, Delhi (1984 86), and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (1986 87). She obtained her Ph.D from University of Aberdeen, UK in 1984.She has written a book titled "Woman and Indian Modernity: Readings of Colonial and Postcolonial Novels "in 2002, and edited "Handbook of Twentieth Century Literatures of India "in 1996, which received the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. She has also contributed articles in many other books.Besides this book, she has also just completed a book published by Terranova Press, entitled The Resonating Island a series of intercultural essays on the Caribbean and South Asia. Through her background and domicile, she combines an interest in India and its many regions, local languages and cultures, British domestic and imperial culture in the nineteenth century, feminist theory, and Caribbean and Latin American issues. She has proposed innovative courses in these areas. Her interests are travel, memoir-writing, cooking and the promotion of popular forms of inter-cultural music and dance.

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