Myths in Contemporary Indian Literature

Myths in Contemporary Indian Literature

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Author: K Satchidanandan
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): K Satchidanandan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
Year: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 288
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126028412


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Myths are important not only as they highlight the origin or the particular world view of a society but also as they relate to literature and life in general. Myths in Contemporary Indian Literature reflects these inquiries as seen through the eyes of scholars like Alok Bhalla, Vishwanath Khaitre, R. Shashidhar and Others.

These inquiries reveal the ‘epistemological potential’ that myths possess to unravel many truths. Interestingly, these truths make possible diverse interpretations of even the sacred texts such as Mahabharata and Ramayana which form an integral discourse in this seminal work.

The frame of this discourse is contemporary (as suggested in the title) as in Many articles like those by Gulam Nabi Khayal and C.N. Ramachandran we look into contemporary poetry and the political sub texts of myths. Yes, with myth everything is possible.


“With Myth, Everything Becomes Possible.”
--- Claude Levi Strauss, Structural Anthropology



Part One

1. Literature and New Myths – R. Shashidhar
2. Understanding Indian Mythology – Vishvanath Khaire
3. Mahabharata Myths in Contemporary Writings: Challenging Ideology – Kiran Budkuley
4. Mythological Interpretations in Contemporary Kashmiri Poetry – Ghulam Nabi Khayal
5. Myth and Contemporary Maithili Literature – Ratneshwar Mishra
6. Mythical Intentions in Contemporary Manipuri Literature – L. Damodar Singh
7. Myth as Continuity: Contemporary Oriya Literature – Subhendu Mund
8. ‘Ages Pass, but the Story Continues’. A Note on Myths in Modern Kannada Literature – C. N. Ramachandran
9. Mythical Concepts in Contemporary Malayalam Poetry – M. Leelavati
10. Myth in Contemporary Sanskrit Literature – Satya Vrat Shastri
11. Myth in Contemporary Sindhi Literature – Param Abichandani
12. The Ahalya Myth in Contemporary Tamil Poetry – R. Balachandran ‘Bala’
13. Myth in Contemporary Telugu Literature – G. V. Subramanyan

Part Two

14. The Myth of Indian Literature – Aniket Jaaware
15. Contesting Polarities: Creating Space Reading Myth in Mahasweta Devi’s Stories – Subha Chakraborty Dasgupta
16. Myth in Contemporary Indian Fiction in English – C. N. Srinath
17. Defending the Sacred in An Age of Atrocities: On Translating Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug – Alok Bhalla
18. Mythical Imagination as Contemporary Experience: Creative Negotiations of the Present with the Historical Past – N. Manu Chakravarthy
19. Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana and The Fire and the Rain: A Critical Study of Indian Myths as Reinterpretations of Situations of Life – S. Kanakaraj
20. Myth, Truth and History in Contemporary Malayalam Novel – P. P. Raveendran
21. Enki and Indradutta: Mythical Modes in the Novels of Vilas Sarang and Bhalachandra Nemade – Pradeep Gopal Deshpande
22. Myth as Reality: The Tribal Poetry of Bhujang Meshram – Chandrakant Patil
23. Mask and Creative Symbolisation in Contemporary Oriya Literature: Krishna, Radha and Ahalya – Prafulla Kumar Mohanty
24. From the Spiritual to the Subaltern: Shifting Semantics of Kissa Pooran Bhagat in Modern Punjabi Literature – Akshaya Kuamr
25. Deliverance from Curse! Deliverance for Myth? Agaligai in Pudumaippithan’s Writings – A. R. Venkatachalapathy