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The Swan and the Eagle

C.D. Narasimhaiah (Author)
Synopsis For decades now, C. D. Narasimhaiah has laid the standards for critical study of Indian writing in English. Coolly, soberly, and with detachment from the excitement of the moment, he has sought to evaluate the work of India’s authors in English. Along with the pioneering writers themselves, CDN, as Professor Narasimhaiah is popularly known, has made a signal contribution in establishing Indian English writing, not only as an academic discipline in the universities but also as one of the country’s own literatures. This book covers in its compass poetry, autobiography, novel, drama, and criticism. It turns the spotlight on the "poetic genius of Toru Dutt and Aurobindo, the imaginative prose of Vivekananda and Jawaharlal Nehru and the three senior novelists - Mulk Raj Anand, R. K. Narayan and Raja Rao - together with the precise nature of their contribution". CDN’s provocative assessment of some of today’s much-publicised Indian novelists, Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy is forcefully argued. So, too, his views on contemporary Indian poetry in English - "so few of these poets have made any difference to the quality of our living". For the discriminating reader, The Swan and the Eagle is an incomparable critical study of Indian English literature, offering both a qualitative perspective and a measuring rod at a time of great growth in the output of Indian writing in English.
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C.D. Narasimhaiah

C.D. Narasimhaiah born in 1921, educated at the Universities of Mysore and Cambridge; held a Rockefeller Fellowship at Princeton, was visiting Lecturer at Yale; Honorary Fellow at Wisconsin and twice Consultant at East West Centre, Hawai, was Professor of English, University of Mysore and presently Director. The Literary Criterion Centre, Dhavanyaloka. Was visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds, U.K. Queensland and Flinders (Australia) twice in Texas (USA); Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) Indian Institute for Advanced Study in Simla (India) and twice Resident Scholar at Bellagio (Italy). Has given Nehru and Gandhi Memorial Lectures, Tagore Lectures and half a dozen other Endowment Lectures at Various Universities. He is fellow of the International Centre of Arts and Letters (Switzerland); Leonardo da Vinci Centre, Italy, was Chairman of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Author of Jawaharlal Nehru: Writings and Speeches; Writer’s Gandhi, The Human Indian, The Swam and the Eagle, Raja Rao, Novelist, The Moving Frontiers of English Studies in India; The Function of Criticism in India Today and edited works of criticism with his own contributions. Editor of The Literary Criterion since 1952.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Swan and the Eagle
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.09.1999
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8170943388
length 296p.