Indian English Literature Study

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English is the most important of all living languages, its literature deals with universal themes and values. Today Indian English literature has reached the peak of creation. The beginning of 19th century was a rebirth to India because of the rise of Indian English literature. According to Sir Aurobindo, “the attempt of a reawakened national spirit to find a new impulse of self- expression which shall give the spiritual force for a great reshaping and rebuilding.” Earlier the Indian English literature was referred to as an Indo-Anglian literature. Half – century before the Great Revolt, English education with western ideas came into a great force. Henry Derozio was the first Indo-English poet. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the first…show more content…
The post-modern novelists like, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Nayantara sahgal, Vikram Seth, Geetha Goswami, Salman Rushdie Shobha Dee, Kiran Desai, Anita Nair, Manju Kapur, Geetha Hariharan and Kaveri Nambisan are the second generation novelists who brought Indian fiction in English into the global scenario and have been developing the genre. Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children as a picaresque novel documents the wanderings of a split self in quest of wholeness and identity. It also becomes the symbol of man’s fundamental human condition. Amitav Gosh was born in 1956 in Calcutta. His father was working in Indian army. It was the only reason that Amitav Ghosh got the chance to visit many countries. Amitav Ghosh did his schooling in Dehra Dun. He completed his graduation from St. Stephen’s College with a B.A in History, in 1976. He obtained an M.A in Sociology from Delhi University in 1978. He went to St. Edmunds Hall, Oxford to pursue his Post Graduate studies and in 1979 obtained a diploma on social Anthropology. He also spent some time in Tunis where he learned…show more content…
It is loosely plotted and open ended episodic. The Shadow Lines is a tightly plotted work. The novel shows the conflicting nature of identity in the sub-continent. Similarly, In an Antique Land there is a modern identity, thoughts and experience. The Calcutta Chromosome is a science fiction which talks about the discovery of the disease malaria by Ronald Ross. The Glass Place is a novel set in Burma and nearby places of it. This novel was translated into twenty five languages. The Hungry Tides is a novel that talks again about a scientist of cetology called Piyali Roy. Sea of Poppies won the Man Booker Prize in 2008.the author compares the characters in his novel with the poppies seed which is uncertain about its

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