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Rewriting India : eight writers / Bruce King.

Author/Creator:
King, Bruce, 1933- author.
Publication:
New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 280 pages ; 22 cm
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Indic poetry (English) -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Indic fiction (English) -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
India -- In literature.
Indic fiction (English).
Indic poetry (English).
Literature.
India.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
A study of eight major contemporary Indian authors who write in English -- Arun Kolatkar, Keki N. Daruwalla, Amit Chaudhuri, Pankaj Mishra, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Tabish Khair, Susan Visvanathan, and Jeet Thayil -- this book offers a reading of their works with a focus on themes, formal characteristics, influences, etc. As Bruce King analyses aesthetic, social, psychological, and metaphysical dimensions of the work of these writers, certain recurring topics knit the chapters together: how modern Indian poetry in English differs from that of nationalist writers; the role modern Indian poetry played in establishing a literary tradition of depicting contemporary Indian life; and the mapping of actual places in India in contrast to the generalized spiritual India of the Brahmin nationalists. The book shows what later prose writers learned from the poets and the importance of location to the writers as well as the changing social, cultural, and political contexts of Indian literature. -- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
ReWriting India
Arun Kolatkar: The art of seeing
K.N. Daruwalla: Parsi outsider to man of the world
Amit Chaudhuri: Places and spaces
Pankaj Mishra: Traveller
Upamanyu Chatterjee: Bengali brahmins
Tabish Khair: Bihar to Aarhus
Susan Visvanathan: Feminist Sociologist
Jeet Thayil: Cosmopolitan
Coda: A million Indias now/life is here.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 260-270) and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Isaac Norris Library Fund.
Contributor:
Isaac Norris Library Fund.
ISBN:
0198099169
9780198099161
OCLC:
880131630