Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India

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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. Chapters are devoted to particular regions, and the arrangement of the work invites comparisons of literary traditions. Chapters provide extensive bibliographies of primary works, thus documenting the creative achievement of numerous contemporary Indian authors. Some chapters cite secondary works as well, and the volume concludes with a list of general works providing further information.

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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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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