Post independence Voices in - South Asian Writings

Post independence Voices in - South Asian Writings

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Author: Alamgir Hashmi
Malashri Lal/Victor Ramraj
Editor(s): Alamgir Hashmi, Malashri Lal & Victor Ramraj
Publisher: Alhamra
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 320
ISBN/UPC (if available): 969516093X


This volume offers important readings in South Asian Literatures in English. Both the scholarly and creative contributions also indicate the main trends, and this book is the first of its kind in more than half a century.

Original English Writing in South Asian Subcontinent was already on a firm footing in the early decades of this century with its rather urbane battery of writes and press, official encouragement, and an attentive audience in the colonial world. It was backed up by a tradition of local English writing, then older than a century.

Following the partition of India, and independence from Britain of both India and Pakistan in 1947, the language and the literary writing in its have flourished, often in ways unforeseen and striking. Alongside substantial development in other languages and literatures of the region, the phenomenal rise in both quantity and quality of writing in English in all forms is evidently the most significant cultural aspect of the post independence era-all the more interesting as it has happened in certain instances contrary to expectation, and even declared government policy, and not just in Pakistan or India, but also in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.




From Absent Authority to Present Responsibility: An Agenda for Indian (English) Criticism

Transnational Migrations and the Debate of English Writing in/of Pakistan

Dancing in the Rarefied Air: Reading Contemporary Sri Lankan Literature

Courtesy in Conflict: The Strange Character of the Briton in Indian and Pakistan English Fictions

An Interview with Arundhati Roy

Inhabiting Enclosures and Creating Space: The Worlds of Women in Indian and Pakistani Literature in English

Shaking up a Continent: Biography as a Postindependence Response

An Interview with Shashi Deshpande

Am Interview with Khushwant Singh

Itihasa ; thus it was : Mukul Kesavan’s Looking through Glass and the Rewriting of History

Politics and Children’s Literature: A Reading of Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Frontier Fiction: Reading Books in M G Vassanji’s the Book of Secrets

An Interview with Suniti Namhoshi

Some Recent English-Language Poetry from Pakistan

In Desire and in Death; Eroticism as Politics in Arundhti Roy’s the God of Small Things

Figuring the Maternal: Freedom and Responsibility in Anita Desai’s Novels

Consuming India by Graham Huggan


Rabbit’s Retreat (Fiction)

Extracts from The Education of Miss Asia (Drama)



According to my bond: no more nor less

Partition Ghazal

She bears a gold flute


Mirrored in the Waters

Voyaging at Ten


Disturbed Nights

Flying Home

Old Diseases

The Mosque of Wazir Khan

Single Malt

N B by Alamgir Hashmi

Strange Pleasures

Don’ Ever Kick the Dog


Harish Trivedi, Colonial Transactions: English Literature and India

Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, eds, The Vintage Book of Indian Writing 1947 -1997

Rosemary Marangoly George. The Politics of Home: Postcolonial Relocations and Twentieth-Century Fiction

Padmini Mongia, ed, Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader

S Shankar, A Map of Where I Live

Alok Bhalla, ed, Stores about the Partition of India

Bishnupriya Ghosh and Brinda Bose, eds, Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women’s Literature and Film

Octavio Paz, In Light of India

Malashri Lal, The Law of the Threshold: Women Writers in Indian English

Shashi Tharoor, India: From Midnight to Millennium