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Anglo-Indian Literature
This lengthy analysis of Victorian era Anglo-Indian literature includes sections on “Early historians”, “William Browne Hockley; Philip Meadows Taylor; The mutiny “, “Sir Edwin Arnold; Sir Alfred Lyall”, “Bankin Chandra Chatterji”, and “Torulata Dutt.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: Edward Farley Oaten
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part Two,The Nineteenth Century, III
Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India
“The continual, unpredictable, and often violent “traffic” between identities in colonial and postcolonial India is the focus of Parama Roy’s stimulating and original book. Mimicry has been commonly recognized as an important colonial model of bourgeois/elite subject formation, and Roy examines its place in the exchanges between South Asian and British, Hindu and Muslim, female and male, and subaltern and elite actors. Roy draws on a variety of sources–religious texts, novels, travelogues, colonial archival documents, and films–making her book genuinely interdisciplinary. She explores the ways in which questions of originality and impersonation function, not just for “western” or “westernized” subjects, but across a range of identities. For example, Roy considers the Englishman’s fascination with “going native,” an Irishwoman’s assumption of Hindu feminine celibacy, Gandhi’s impersonation of femininity, and a Muslim actress’s emulation of a Hindu/Indian mother goddess. Familiar works by Richard Burton and Kipling are given fresh treatment, as are topics such as the “muscular Hinduism” of Swami Vivekananda. Indian Traffic demonstrates that questions of originality and impersonation are in the forefront of both the colonial and the nationalist discourses of South Asia and are central to the conceptual identity of South Asian postcolonial theory itself.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Roy, Parama
From: The University of California Press: 1998
Nets of Awareness: Urdu Poetry and Its Critics
“Frances Pritchett’s lively, compassionate book joins literary criticism with history to explain how Urdu poetry–long the pride of Indo-Muslim culture–became devalued in the second half of the nineteenth century. This abrupt shift, Pritchett argues, was part of the backlash following the violent Indian Mutiny of 1857. She uses the lives and writings of the distinguished poets and critics Azad and Hali to show the disastrous consequences–culturally and politically–of British rule. The British had science, urban planning–and Wordsworth. Azad and Hali had a discredited culture and a metaphysical, sexually ambiguous poetry that differed radically from English lyric forms.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Pritchett, Frances W.
From: The University of California Press: 1994

Authors in Indian literature:

Anita Desai (1937 – )Bharati Mukherjee (1940 – )
A. K. Ramanujan (1929 – 1993)

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014