A History of the Indian Novel in English

A History of the Indian Novel in English

By: Ulka Anjaria (editor)Hardback

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A History of the Indian Novel in English traces the development of the Indian novel from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century up until the present day. Beginning with an extensive introduction that charts important theoretical contributions to the field, this History includes extensive essays that shed light on the legacy of English in Indian writing. Organized thematically, these essays examine how English was 'made Indian' by writers who used the language to address specifically Indian concerns. Such concerns revolved around the question of what it means to be modern as well as how the novel could be used for anti-colonial activism. By the 1980s, the Indian novel in English was a global phenomenon, and India is now the third largest publisher of English-language books. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History invites readers to question conventional accounts of India's literary history.

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Ulka Anjaria is Associate Professor of English at Brandeis University, Massachusetts. She is the author of Realism in the Twentieth-Century Indian Novel: Colonial Difference and Literary Form (Cambridge, 2012), and has published in such journals as South Asian Popular Culture, NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, and Economic and Political Weekly. She is the recipient of an ACLS/Charles A. Ryskamp fellowship in 2014 for her current book project on realism in contemporary Indian literature, film, and television.


1. Beginnings: Rajmohan's Wife and the novel in India Supriya Chaudhuri; 2. The epistemic work of literary realism: two novels from colonial India Satya P. Mohanty; 3. 'Because novels are true, and histories are false': Indian women writing fiction in English, 1860-1918 Barnita Bagchi; 4. When the pen was a sword: the radical career of the progressive novel in India Snehal Shingavi; 5. The road less travelled: modernity and Gandhianism in the Indian English novel Rumina Sethi; 6. The modernist novel in India: paradigms and practices Vinay Dharwadker; 7. Handcuffed to history: partition and the Indian novel in English Ananya Jahanara Kabir; 8. Women, reform, and nationalism in three novels of Muslim life Suvir Kaul; 9. Found in translation: self, caste, and other in three modern texts Rashmi Sadana; 10. Emergency fictions Ayelet Ben-Yishai and Eitan Bar-Yosef; 11. Cosmopolitanism and the sonic imaginary in Salman Rushdie Vijay Mishra; 12. Postcolonial realism in the novels of Rohinton Mistry Eli Park Sorensen; 13. Far from the nation, closer to home: privacy, domesticity, and regionalism in Indian English fiction Saikat Majumdar; 14. Ecologies of intimacy: gender, sexuality, and environment in Indian fiction Kavita Daiya; 15. 'Some uses of history': historiography, politics, and the Indian novel Alex Tickell; 16. Virtue, virtuosity, and the virtual: experiments in the contemporary Indian English novel Rukmini Bhaya Nair; 17. Of dystopias and deliriums: the millennial novel in India Mrinalini Chakravorty; 18. 'Which colony? Which block?': Violence, (post-) colonial urban planning, and the Indian novel Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee; 19. Post-humanitarianism and the Indian novel in English Shameem Black; 20. Chetan Bhagat: remaking the novel in India Priya Joshi; 21. 'New India/n woman': agency and identity in post-millennial chick lit E. Dawson Varughese; 22. The politics and art of Indian English fantasy fiction Tabish Khair and Sebastien Doubinsky; 23. The graphic novel in India Corey K. Creekmur; 24. 'Coming to a multiplex near you': Indian fiction in English and new Bollywood cinema Sangita Gopal; 25. Caste, complicity, and the contemporary Toral Jatin Gajarawala.

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  • publication date: 08/07/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781107079960
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 450
  • ID: 9781107079960
  • weight: 770
  • ISBN10: 1107079969

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