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A History of Indian English Literature

M K Naik (Author)
Synopsis Indian English Literature began as an interesting by-product of an eventful encounter in the late eighteenth century between a vigorous and enterprising Britain and a stagnant and chaotic India, and is now nearly two hundred years old. It is literature written originally in English by authors Indian by birth, ancestry or nationality. It is no part of English literature, any more than American literature or Australian literature can be said to be a branch of British literature. It is legitimately a part of Indian literature, since its differentia is the expression in it of an Indian ethos. Sahitya Akademi has accepted 'Indian English Literature' as the most suitable appellation for this body of writing. The term emphasises two significant ideas: first that this literature constitutes one of the many streams that join the great ocean called Indian literature, which, though written in different languages, has an unmistakable unity; and secondly, that it is an inevitable product of the nativization of the English language to express the Indian sensibility. Professor Naik traces the course of this history from its beginnings to recent times, dividing it into convenient periods, in an analytical, critical and engaging style. Widely acclaimed, the book is now in its seventh printing.
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About the author

M K Naik

M.K. Naik is an internationally acknowledged authority on Indian English Literature and Anglo-Indian Fiction. His History of Indian English Literature (1982; seven editions upto 2003), and its sequel (in collaboration with Shyamala Narayan), Indian English Literature 1980-2000 (2001; two editions upto 2004) are both the vade-mecum for the student. His essay, 'Towards An Aesthetic of Indian English Literature' has been included in a text-book for the British Open University. Apart from his critical studies of the 'Big Three' (Anand, Narayan, and Raja Rao), he has also written and edited several other critical volumes in this area.

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Title A History of Indian English Literature
Author M K Naik
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Publisher Sahitya Akademy
Language: English
isbn 8126018720
length x+320p.