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A History of Indian English Literature
by M K Naik      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 3222 - Hardcover - 320 Pages (Year: 1999)
Sahitya Akademi ~ ISBN: 8172018401


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This work traces the course of this history from its beginnings to recent times, dividing it into convenient periods, in an analytical, critical and engaging style.

Indian English literature began as an interesting by-product of an eventful encounter in the late eighteenth century between a vigorous and enterprising Britain and a stagnant and chaotic India, and is now nearly two hundred years old. It is literature written originally in English by authors Indian by birth, ancestry or nationality. It is no part of English literature, any more than American literature or Australian literature can be said to be a branch of British literature. It is legitimately a part of Indian literature, since its differentia is the expression in it of an Indian ethos.

Sahitya Akademi has accepted Indian English Literature as the most suitable appellation for this body of writing. The term emphasizes two significant ideas: first that this literature constitutes one of the many streams that join the great ocean called Indian literature, which, though written in different languages, has an unmistakable unity; and secondly, that it is an inevitable product of the nativization of the English language to express the Indian sensibility.

Widely acclaimed, the book is now in its fifth printing.



 Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1
THE LITERARY LANDSCAPE: THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE

CHAPTER 2
THE PAGODA TREE: FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO 1857
Early Prose
C. V. Boriah
Raja Rammohun Roy
Prose
Writing in Bengal
In the Bombay Presidency
In the Madras Presidency
in North India

EARLY POETRY
Henry Derozio
Kasiprasad Ghose
M.M. Dutt

CHAPTER 3
THE WINDS OF CHANGE: 1857 TO 1920
Poetry
The Dutt Family Album
Ram Sharma
Toru Dutt
B. M. Malabari
R.D. Dutt
Manmohan Ghose
Sri Aurobindo
Rabindranath Tagore
Sarojini Naidu
Harindranath Chattopadhyaya
Minor Poets

PROSE
Prose of Thought in the Bombay Presidency
In Bengal
Rabindranath Tagore
Swami Vivekananda
Sri Aurobindo
In North India
In the Madras Presidency
V.S. Srinivasa Sastri
Sarojini Naidu
A. K. coomaraswamy
Biography and Autobiography
Travel Books
Essays
Literary and Art Criticism

DRAMA
K.M. Benerji
M.M. Dutt
Sri Aurobindo
Rabindranath Tagore Harindranath Chattopadhyaya
Drama in Bombay
In the Madras
Presidency
V.V. Srinivasa Aiyangar
Other Play wrights

FICTION
Early Fiction in Bengal
In the Madras Presidency
The Short Story

CHAPTER 4
THE GANDHIAN WHIRLWIND: 1920-1947

PROSE
Political Prose--Mahatma Gandhi
Jawaharlal Nehru
Other associates of Gandhi
Critics of Gandhism
Bose
M.N. Roy
B.R. Ambedkar
Hindu Mahasabha ideology
Muslim Political thought
Communist thought
Socialist thought
Moderate thought
Journalism
History
Religious and Philosophical Prose
Radhakrishnan
Biography and Autobiography
Travel Books
Essays
Literary and Art Criticism

POETRY
The School of Sri Aurobindo
Religious and Philosophical verse
Romantic verse
Minor verse writers

DRAMA
A.S.P. AYYAR
T.P. Kailasam
Bharati Sarabhai
J.M. Lobo-Prabhu
Other Playwrights

FICTION
The Novel
K.S. Venkataramani
A.S.P. Ayyar
K. Nagarajan
Mulk Raj Anand
R.K. Narayan
Raja Rao
Muslim Novelists
Dhan Gopal Mukerji
Other Novelists

THE SHORT STORY
Shankar Ram
A.S.P. Ayyar
S.K. Chettur
K.S. Venkataramani
Manjeri
Isvaran
Mulk Raj Anand
R.K. Narayan
Raja Rao
K.A. Abbas
Other Short Story Writers

CHAPTER 5
THE ASOKA PILLAR: INDEPENDENCE AND AFTER

POETRY
The Romantic School
The New Poets: Nissim Ezekiel
Dom Moraes
P. Lal
Adil Jussawalla
A.K. Ramanujan
R. Parthasarathy
Gieve Patel
A.K. Mehrotra
Pritish Nandy
K.N. Daruwalla
Shiv K. Kumar
Jayanta Mahapatra
Arun Kolatkar
Women Poets: Kamala Das
Other modern Poets

fiction
The Novel: Bhabani Bhattacharya
Manohar Malgonkar
Khushwant Singh
S. Menon Marath
Balachandra Rajan
Sudhindra Nath Ghose
G.V. Desani
M. Anantanarayanan
Arun Joshi
Chaman Nahal
Women Novelists: R.P. Jhabvala
Kamala Markandaya
Nayantara Sahgal
Anita Desai
Santha Rama Rau
Nergis Dalal
Other Novelists

THE SHORT STORY
Bhabani Bhattacharya
Khushwant Singh
Manohar Malgonkar
Chaman Nahal
Arun Joshi Ruskin Bond
Manoj Das
Women Writers--R.P. Jhabvala
Anita Desai Other Short Story Writers

DRAMA
Poetic Drama: Manjeri Isvaran
G.V. Desani
Lakhan Deb
Prose Drama: Asif Currimbhoy
Partap Sharma
Nissim Ezekiel
Gurcharan Das
Girish Karnad
other playwrights

PROSE
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Autobiography
Biography
Politics and History Religion and Philosophy
Travel Books
Essays and Belles-Letters
Literary and Art Criticism

CHAPTER 6
RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT

Select Bibliography
Index

 


 About the Author

M K NAIK (b 1926), former Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Karnatak University, Dharwad, currently lives in Pune (India) / Melbourne (Australia). Apart from A History of Indian English Literature (1982, currently in its sixth edition), he has also published studies on the Big Three of Indian English fiction: Mulk Raj Anand, R K Narayan and Raja Rao. He has edited the Perspective Series, which covers all the major forms of Indian English literature, and Critical Essays on Indian Writing in English (1968). He is the author of five books of light verse under the nom de plume EMKEN. These include Indian Clerihews, Indian limericks and Beowulf and All That: An Unorthodox History of English Literature in Comic Verse. He has recently co-authored (with Shyamala A Narayan) the widely acknowledged volume Indian English Literature (1980-2000): A Critical Survey (2001).


 

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