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Modern Indian Poetry in English - Revised Edition
Modern Indian Poetry in English - Revised Edition

Modern Indian Poetry in English - Revised Edition

by Bruce King

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Oxford University Press


987019567197-1 - Year: 2011/2012 - Pages: 416



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Author: Bruce King
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2011/2012
Language: English
Pages: 416
ISBN/UPC (if available): 987019567197-1


Since its first publication, Modern Indian Poetry in English, with its extensive coverage of the social and publishing history of poetry as well as its chronology of major events and writings, has established the canon of significant Indian poets.

This revised edition of the classic Modern Indian Poetry in English examines changes in the direction of Indian poetry. Five chapters added to the original edition discuss poets such as Menka Shivdasani, Tara Patel, Imtiaz Dharker, Charmayne D'Souza, Mukta Sambrani, Meena Alexander, Sujata Bhatt, Chitra Banerjee Divakurni, Ranjit Hoskote, Jeet Thayil, C. P. Surendran, Vijay Nambisan, R. Raj Rao, Bibhu Padhi, Tabish Khair, and G.J.V. Prasad.

Besides covering these newer poets, the chapters include a survey of developments in publishing, a survey of new writing by established poets, and a study of the late Agha Shahid Ali as a major international poet whose work made use of various cultural traditions. This comprehensive work on Indian poetry is written for the student and general reader as much as for the specialist.


Bruce King maps uncharted territory, provides ideas toward a poetics of Indian poetry in English, analyses poets in dialectical sets, summarizes poetic obsessions, King surveys, judges, informs, and provokes.
-Peter Nazareth, World Literature Today

A significant book, King provides us with a detailed history of publication of poetry in English in India. One aspect to admire…is King's analysis of individual poems.
-Journal of Indian Writing in English

When, the book first appeared, it almost became like a Bible on the subject, the only worthwhile reference tool todip into for trivia on poetry written in English by Indians.



History and Publishing Circles
The Poets, their Readers and the Market
Towards a Canon
Poetics and Criticism
Ezekiel and His Influence
The Poets India I: Ezekiel, Ramanujan, Patel, Daruwalla, Shiv Kumar
The Poet's India II
Peeradina, Rodrigues, de Souza, Shetty, Silgardo
Women's Voices: Kamala Das, de Souza, Silgardo
Two Bilingual Experimentalists: Kolatkar and Chitre
Experimentalists II: Mehtotra and Mahapatra
Exile: Ramanujan, Sharat Chandra, Kumar, Nazareth, Seth
And Return: Parthasarathy and Jussawalla


The Disapora: Agha Shahid Ali's Tricultural Nostalgia
Publishing 1987-99
Maturity: Moraes, Peeradina, Ramanujan, Patel, Shetty, Mehrotra, Daruwalla, de Souza, Alexander
New Women Poets: Shivdasani, Patel, D'Souza, Sambrani, Dharker, Divakaruni, Bhatt
New Poets, Styles, and Feelings: Hoskote, Thayil, Surendran, Nambisan, Merchant, Rao, Padhi, Khair, Prasad, Ramakrishnan
Chronology of Significant Publications, Journals and Events, 1947-99

Chart I: Life and Career Details of Some Poets

Chart 2: Anthologies, Publishers and Awards

Chart 3: Important Anthologized Poems


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