A History of Indian Literature in English

Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Columbia University Press

A History of Indian Literature in English

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Pub Date: April 2003

ISBN: 9780231128100

320 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $100.00£83.95

A History of Indian Literature in English

Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Columbia University Press

From Ram Mohan Ray to Arundhati Roy, two hundred years of Indian literature in English are covered in this volume, essential for anyone interested in this increasingly important literary tradition. Spanning a period from 1800 to the present, this collection of historical essays covers the canonical Indian poets, novelists, and dramatists writing in English—names like Rudyard Kipling, Rabrindanath Tagore, R.K. Narayan, and Salman Rushdie—as well as lesser-known literary figures—scientists, social reformers, anthropologists—who have made significant contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English. The essays in this volume are arranged chronologically and are devoted to a single author, a group of authors, or to a genre. The book includes 150 rare and interesting photographs and sketches of writers and their contexts.
Mehrotra has put together an amazing volume... A rigorous book, with a brilliant introduction, this compendium joins K. R. Srinivasa Iyengar's legendary Indian Writing in English. Essential. Choice
[A] useful and detailed guide to a varied body of writing. Times Literary Supplement
[A] first truly comprehensive history of the extensive and now widely read and respected Indian literature in English. Undoubtedly of supreme importance for all hyperliterate Indians... Mehrotra's smart packaging of these literary-historical essays and his selection of widely scattered critics to write them, can be hailed as one unequivocally positive result of globalization. John Oliver Perry, World Literature Today
Introduction, by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
1. The English Writings of Raja Rammohan Ray, by Bruce Carlisle Robertson
2. The Hindu College: Henry Derozio and Michael Madhusudan Dutt, by Sajni Kripalani Mukherji
3. The Dutt Family Album: And Toru Dutt, by Rosinka Chaudhuri
4. Rudyard Kipling, by Maria Couto
5. Two Faces of Prose: Behramji Malabari and Govardhanram Tripathi, by Sudhir Chandra
6. The Beginnings of the Indian Novel, by Meenakshi Mukherjee
7. The English Writings of Rabindranath Tagore, by Amit Chaudhuri
8. Sri Aurobindo, by Peter Heehs
9. Two Early-Twentieth-Century Women Writers: Cornelia Sorabji and Sarojini Naidu, by Ranjana Sidhanta Ash
10. Gandhi and Nehru: The Uses of English, by Sunil Khilnani
11. Verrier Elwin, by Ramachandra Guha
12. Novelists of the 1930s and 1940s, by Leela Gandhi
13. R.K. Narayan, by Pankaj Mishra
14. Nirad C. Chaudhuri, by Eunice De Souza
15. Novelists of the 1950s and 1960s, by Shyamala A. Narayan and Jon Mee
16. On V.S. Naipul on India, by Suvir Kaul
17. Poetry Since Independence, by Rajeev S. Patke
18. From Sugar to Masala: Writing by the Indian Diaspora, by Sudesh Mishra
19. Looking for A.K. Ramanujan, by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
20. Five Nature Writers: Jim Corbett, Kenneth Anderson, Sálim Ali, Sankhala, and M. Krishnan, by Mahesh Rangarajan
21. Salman Rushdie, by Anuradha Dingwaney
22. After Midnight: The Novel in the 1980s and 1990s, by Jon Mee
23. The Dramatists, by Shanta Gokhale
24. Translations into English, by Arshia Sattar

About the Author

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a well-known poet, critic, and translator. He teaches English at the University of Allahabad. His books include The Transfiguring Places and The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati and he has edited the Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets.