Author: K Satchidanandan
Publisher: Pencraft International
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185753253
This volume of critical essays on Indian literature covers a wide range of genres like novel, short story and poetry and of language like Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Kannada and Malayalam besides English.
This volume of critical essays on Indian literature covers a wide range of genres like novel, short story and poetry and of language like Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Oriya, Kannada and Malayalam besides English. Informed by a deep and firsthand awareness of Indian literary trends and texts as well as of contemporary literary theory, these essays revaluate concepts and movements like Modernism, Dalit literature, Nativism and Feminism and offer close readings of the texts of a number of Indian writers including Premchand, Mirza Ghalib, Mahasweta Devi, Ramakanta Rath, Kamala Das, Chandrasekhara Kambar and Ayyappa Paniker.
The author’s radical democratic attitude to literature is evidenced by his judicious acceptance of the diversity of Indian literature and his sympathetic understanding of avant-gardist and subaltern trends. His perceptions are fresh, positions balanced and propositions well-argued. Written in a lucid jargon-free style, these insightful essays, including the brief editorial reflections he wrote for the journal ‘Indian Literature’, make an indispensable and fascinating reading.