Contemporary Indian English fiction: need for direction

Batra, Jagdish (2018) Contemporary Indian English fiction: need for direction. In: fifth international conference on language, literature and society, 19-20 Jul 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Ever Since Salman Rushdie won the Booker in 1981, hundreds of Indians – both talented and naïve – have published their stories and novels. My research shows that since 2000 AD, some 1000 novels have been published by Indians living in India or abroad. Going through them, one finds almost every theme taken up. Similarly, style variations ranging from conventional realistic to postmodern ones are observed in this fiction. And yet there is much left to be desired. It is not only the slowdown in grabbing international awards -- that was not always a fair parameter -- but analyzing the writings on the basis of their seriousness in working various issues and aspects, one finds the Achilles heel. While comparison with celebrated works in world literature points to be lopsided nature of Indian fiction written in English. Most of it reflects an outsider elitist’s point of view and speaks poorly of the rooting of writers in Indian ethos. Some works show simply the urge to cash in on a craze for a certain approach or theory. My paper examines a good number of Indian novels written in English and identifies strengths and weaknesses of this important genre.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Indian novels | English fiction
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Office of English & Foreign Languages
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 06:46
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 06:46


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