Reading New India: Post-Millennial Indian Fiction in English

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A&C Black, Feb 14, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 192 pages
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Reading New India is an insightful exploration of contemporary Indian writing in English. Exploring the work of such writers as Aravind Adiga (author of the Man-Booker Prize winning White Tiger), Usha K.R. and Taseer, the book looks at how the 'new' India has been recreated and defined in an English Language literature that is now reaching a global audience. The book describes how Indian fiction has moved beyond notions of 'postcolonial' writing to reflect an increasingly confident and diverse cultures.

Reading New India covers such topics as:
- Representation of the city: Mumbai and Bangalore
- Chick Lit to Crick Lit - Call centre dramas and corporate lives
- Crime novels and Bharati narratives
- Graphic novels

Including a chronological time-line of major social, cultural and political reforms, biographies of the major authors covered, further reading and a glossary of Hindi terms, this book is an essential guide for students of contemporary world literature and postcolonial writing.
 

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Contents

From postcolonial India to New India
1
Chapter 2 Urban scapes
25
Chapter 3 Chick lit to crick lit
41
Chapter 4 Young India
71
Chapter 5 Crime writing
101
Chapter 6 Fantasy and epic narrative
115
Chapter 7 Graphic novels
137
NewOld stories in OldNew ways?
145
References
153
Further reading
156
Glossary
157
Chronological Timeline
160
Author Biographies
161
Index
187
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E. Dawson Varughese, author of Beyond The Postcolonial: World Englishes Literature (2012) is an experienced field researcher of world literature in English. She is the editor of numerous anthologies of short stories from such countries as Cameroon, Uganda and Malaysia. See her work at: www.beyondthepostcolonial.com

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