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Publisher:Sahitya Akademi
Published In:2010
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.36 lbs
Pages:pp. xx + 278, Index

The Title "Early Novels in India" is written by Meenakshi Mukherjee. This book was published in the year 2010. The ISBN number 8126013427|9788126013425 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. This book has total of pp. xx + 278 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Sahitya Akademi. We have about 1827 other great books from this publisher. Early Novels in India is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

This volume brings together fourteen essays written by literary critics, historians and political theorists which look at the early novels in different Indian languages and the circumstances of their production. Most of the essays challenge the old assumption that the novel in India was a genre directly imported from the West, and address the issues of plural heritage and the economic and social determinants that interacted to make the shaping of this literary form a tangled and complex process in our languages.


Reformulating the Questions/Namwar Singh

Section I : CONTEXTS :
1. Early Asamiya "Novels : "New Genre, Traditional Mindset and Changing Perspectives/Tilottama Misra
2. The Novel in Bangla : The First Steps/Saroj Bandopadhyay
3. "No. "Not the "Nation : Lower Caste Malayalam "Novels of the "Nineteenth Century/Dilip M. Menon
4. Two Sentences : A Speculation on Genre in Early Marathi "Novels/Aniket Jaaware
5. Fiction and the Tamil Reading Public ; The Inter-War Period/A. R. Venkatachalapathy
6. The Birth of a Genre : Telugu "Novel in the
"Nineteenth Century/C. Vijayasree
7. First Urdu "Novel : Contesting Claims and Disclaimers/M. Asaduddin

Section II : TEXTS :
1. The Allegory of Rajmohan's Wife (1864): "National Culture and Colonialism in Asia's First English Novel/Makarand Paranjape
2. Seeing and Reading : The Early Malayalam
Novel and Some Questions of Visibility/Udaya Kumar
3. Govardhanram Tripathi and 'The Philosophy of Consumption' : A Reading of Sarasvatichandra/Tridip Suhrud
4. Colonial Modernity and the Social Reformist
Novel : Reading Indira Bai: (1899)/Shivarama Padikkal
5. Aap Beeti or Jag Beeti: Narration and Reality in Umrao Jan Ada (1899)/Sukrita Paul Kumar
6. Chha Mana Atha Guntha : The Language of Power and the Silences of a Woman/Rabi Shankar Mishra
7. Chronological List of Early Narratives



1. M. Asaduddin teaches in the department of English and Modern European languages at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. He has edited Ismat Chughtai : Selected Writings (Delhi, 2001) and Sadat Hasan Manto: Stories and Sketches (Karachi, 2001) and co-edited with Mushirul Hasan Image and Representation: Stories of Muslim Life in India (Delhi, 2000). He writes on translation studies and on fiction and contributes regularly to Annual of Urdu Studies (Madison, USA) Punjab Studies Review (Warwick, UK) and a number of Indian journals.

2. Saroj Bandopadhyay is a major critic in Bangla whose book Bangla Upanyaser Kalantar (1961) marks a turning point in fiction criticism. Among his other works are Bangla Kabitar Kalantar (on Bangla poetry), Agun O Andhakarer Natya : Rabindranath (on the plays of Rabindranath) and Alo Andharer Setu : Rabindra Chitrakalpa (on Rabindranath's painting). His essays are collected in three volumes: Uttarprasanga, Prasanga O Anusunga and Aalap : Sanglap: Sambhas. He has also written three novels. As a critic he has received several awards and honours. He lives in Naihati, West Bengal.

3. Aniket Jaaware teaches in the department of English, University of Pune. He has published in the areas of translation studies, literary theory and nineteenth century Maharashtra. He is the author of Simplifications : A Students' Guide to Structuralism and Post-Structuralism (Hyderabad, 2000). His poems have appeared in Kavyabharati and New Quest.

4. Sukrita Paul Kumar teaches in the department of English, Zakir Husain College, Delhi University. She was a Fellow in the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and for two years directed a Katha project on 'Translating Short Fiction'. Her books include Conversations on Modernism, The New Story: Breakthrough (ed.), Ismat, Her Life, Her Times and Man, Woman and Androgyny. She has also published three collections of poems in English : Oscillations, Apurna and Folds of Silence. She has edited a volume of Urdu short stories from India and Pakistan: Mapping Memories.

5. Udaya Kumar teaches in the department of English at Delhi University and is the author of The Joycean Labyrinth : Repetition, Time and Tradition (Oxford, 1991). At present he is completing a book titled The Subject and the Act of Self-Articulation in Modern Malayalam Writing.

6. Dilip Menon teaches in the department of History, Delhi University. His special areas of interest are caste and the travails of socialism in the twentieth century. He is currently working on a book titled Thinking Inequality : The Imagination of Caste in 20th Century Kerala of which the present paper will form a chapter.

7. Rabi Shankar Mishra teaches English and Comparative Literature in Sambalpur University. He writes in both Oriya and English and has edited an Oriya journal Samalochana for four years. He is a co-translator of Terry Eagleton's Marxism and Literary Criticism into Oriya and of Fakir Mohan Senapati's Chha Mana Atha Guntha into English (soon to be published) and the author of Self Without a Centre : A Study of Walt Whitman (Bhubaneshwar, 1984).

8. Tilottama Misra teaches in the department of English at Dibrugarh University. She writes in both English and Asamiya. Among her publications are Literature and Society in Assam, 1826-1926 (Delhi, 1987) and two novels in Asamiya: Swarnalata (1991) and Lautitya Sindhu (1997).

9. Shivarama Padikkal teaches in the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies at the University of Hyderabad. He is the author of Naadu Nudiya Roopaka : Rashtra, Adhunikathe Mathu Kannadha Modhala Kadambarigalu (2001) which is a study of the beginnings of the Kannada novel. He has published papers both in Kannada and English.

10. Makarand Paranjape teaches in the Centre for Linguistics and English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A poet, novelist, critic and columnist, he is the author of The Serene Flame, Playing the Dark God and Used Book (poetry), This Time I Promise It'll Be Different and The Narrator (fiction), and Mysticism in Indian English Poetry, Decolonialization and Development, and Towards a Poetics of the Indian English Novel (criticism). The books he has edited include Indian Poetry in English, Sarojini Naidu : Selected Poetry and Prose, Nativism : Esssays in Literary Criticism, The Best of Raja Rao and The Penguin Sri Aurobindo Reader.

11. Namwar Singh is a major Indian critic who writes in Hindi. His books include Hindi ke Vikas me Apabhramsa ka Yog (1952), Chhayavad (1954), Itihas our Aiochana (1957), Kavita ke Naya Pratiman (1968), Doosri Parampara ki Khoj (1982) and Vad Vivad Samvad (1991). He has been the editor of the influential critical journal Alochana since 1967 and has taught in a number of universities-Banaras Hindu University and Jawaharlal Nehru University among them.

12. Tridip Suhrud was with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, until recently and is now teaching in the Ambani Institute in the same city. He has translated Ashis Nandy's The Intimate Enemy into Gujarati, also translated and edited a selection of Nandy's essays in a volume titled Pratishabda. He translated Suresh Joshi's Gujarati novel Chhinnapatra into English as Crumpled Letter (Chennai, 1998). At present he is working on nineteenth century Gujarati autobiographies and is engaged in translating into Gujarati G.N. Devy's book After Amnesia.

13. A.R. Venkatachalapathy taught history history at Manonmaniam Sundernar University at Tirunelveli before joining the. Madras Institute of Development Studies at Chennai. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and has held research assignments in Paris and London. He is a prolific writer in Tamil with over ten books on social history. He has also published a chronological, variorum edition of Pudumaippithan's (1961-1948) complete fiction.

14. C. Vijayasree teaches English at Osmania University, Hyderabad. She has published a book on Mulk Raj Anand, The Raj and the Writer (1998), and one on Suniti Namjoshi, The Artful Transgressor (2001). She has co-edited a volume of critical essays on Browning (2000) and a collection of essays titled Nobel Laureates of the Last Decade, 1986-1996 (1998). She has edited the Telugu section of an anthology of short stories from South Indian languages titled Routes (2000).

About the Editors

Meenakshi Mukherjee has been studying the novel in India for some years. Her books include The Twice-born Fiction (1971, rpt. 2001), Realism and Reality: Novel and Society in India (1985, 1992) and The Perishable Empire (2000). She was Professor of English, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is at present Honorary Professor, University of Hyderabad.

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