Indian English Literature 1980-2000: A Critical Survey
By M.K. Naik and Shyamala A. Narayan

This volume surveys the astonishing flowering of Indian Writing in English during the last two decades of the twentieth century. After a brief but trenchant analysis of the milieu, it examines the literary productions in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose. The range of this study is comprehensive, almost encyclopaedic, the style lively and jargon-free, and the critical enquiry perceptive and succinct, followed by an exhaustive bibliography of secondary sources.

A sequel to A History of Indian English Literature (1982) by M.K. Naik, this study is jointly authored by him and Shyamala A. Narayan. It should hopefully prove as indispensable to both scholars and common readers of Indian Writing in English as did its widely acclaimed predecessor.


M.K. Naik (b. 1926), former Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Karnatak University, Dharwad, currently lives in Pune (India)/Melbourne (Australia). Apart from A History of Indian English Literature (1982, currently in its seventh edition), he has also published studies on the ‘Big Three’ of Indian English Fiction: Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao. He has edited the Perspective Series, which covers all the major forms of Indian English literature, and Critical Essays on Indian Writing in English (1968). He is the author of five books of light verse under the nom de plume EMKEN. These include Indian Clerihews, Indian Limericks and Beowulf and All That: An Unorthodox History of English Literature in Comic Verse.

Shyamala A. Narayan (b. 1947), Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, is the author of Raja Rao: The Man and His Work (1998) and Sudhin N. Ghose (1973), and has edited an anthology for the Sahitya Akademi, Non-Fictional Indian Prose in English 1960-1990 (1998). Since 1972, she has been compiling the Indian section of the “Annual Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature,” a comprehensive listing of primary and secondary sources with a critical introduction, for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Bowker, U.K.).
 
ISBN 81-85753-44-X           2011           304 pp           Rs. 495 (hb)
 
An extremely useful tool for researchers and students of Indian Writing in English.
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