Nineteenth Century Indian English Prose

Nineteenth Century Indian English Prose

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Author: Mohan Ramanan
A Selection/
Editor(s): Mohan Ramanan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 249
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126019433


Nineteenth Century Indian English prose is an attempt to represent the facility with which Indians used the English language in the nineteenth century. It also represents the various ways in which Indians wrote or spoke of their country and as such it is a selection of statements about India and the idea of the Indian Nation. It includes political, cultural, religious and literary pieces and everywhere the preference has been for pieces which show Indian eloquence in English.

The figures included are raja Ram Mohan Roy, Dadabhai Naoroji, Keshab Chandra Sen, Mahadev Govind Ranade, Woomesh Chandra Bannerjee, Badruddin Tyabji, Sir Ferozeshah Mehta, Romesh Chunder Dutt, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Swami Vivekananda, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, V S Srinivasa Sastri, Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo. There is a general introduction outlining the relevant contexts of the period and each author selected is also introduced briefly. The collection is reader friendly but the reader will have to engage actively with the authors and make the necessary connections of themes and ideas to benefit fully from the anthology.


MOHAN RAMANAN was born in 1949 and has his education in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Pilani. He has been teaching for rover three decades and is currently professor of English at the University of Hyderabad. He has held the British Council Fellowship for 1982-83 at Oxford University and was Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1989-90. He is the author of two books of criticism of Modern British and American Poetry, and has edited several volumes besides publishing over a hundred articles in forums both in India and abroad. He was Deputy Director of the Indo-American Centre for International Studies (formerly ASRC) in 2001 and a regular columnist for the Kuala Lumpur newspaper The New Straits times for over ten years, publishing several articles on Indian Letters there. Ramanan is deeply involved with music and philosophy and his attempt has been to integrate these interests with literary studies.





Raja Ram Mohun Roy (1772-1833)
Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917)
Keshab Chandra Sen (1838-1884)
Mahadev Govind Ranade (1842-1901)
Woomesh Chandra Bannerjee (1844-1906)
Badruddin Tyabji (1844-1906)
Sir Pherozeshah M Mehta (1845-1915)
Romesh Chander Dutt (1848-1909)
Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856-1906)
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866-1915)
V S Srinivasa Sastri (1869-1944)
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950)