Reading New India Post-Millennial Indian Fiction in English

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-03-14
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Reading New Indiais an insightful exploration of contemporary Indian writing in English. Exploring the work of such writers as Aravind Adiga (author of the Man-Booker Prize winningWhite Tiger), Usha K.R. and Taseer, the book looks at how the 'new' India has been recreated and defined in an English Language literature that is now reaching a global audience. The book describes how Indian fiction has moved beyond notions of 'postcolonial' writing to reflect an increasingly confident and diverse cultures. Reading New India covers such topics as:Representations of the city - from Mumbai to CalcuttaYoung India - from Chick Lit to Blog NovelsGenre fiction - crime novels, science fiction and fantasyBollywood adaptations and Graphic Novels.Including a chronological time-line of major social, cultural and political reforms, biographies of the major authors covered, further reading and a glossary of Hindi terms, this book is an essential guide for students of contemporary world literature and postcolonial writing.

Author Biography

E.Dawson Varughese, author of Beyond The Postcolonial: World Englishes Literature (2012) is an experienced field researcher of world literature in English. She is the editor of numerous anthologies of short stories from such countries as Cameroon, Uganda and Malaysia. See her work at: www.beyondthepostcolonial.com

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Postcolonial India to New India \ 1.1 'Indianness' since Independence \ 1.2 Literary 'Indianness' \ 1.3 New India, a New Canon \ 2. Urban Scapes \ 2.1 Mumbai \ 2.2 Bangalore \ 3. Chick Lit - Crick Lit \ 3.1 Chick Lit \ 3.2 Crick Lit \ 4. Young India \ 4.1 Call Centres and Corporate Lives \ 4.2 MSMs \ 5. Crime Writing \ 5.1 Female Detectives \ 5.2 Difference and Death \ 6. Fantasy and Epic Myth \ 6.1 New [Fantastical] India \ 6.2 Bharat Fantasy \ 7. Graphic Novels \ 7.1 The Harappa Files (2011) \ 7.2 Kashmir Pending (2007) \ Conclusion: New/Old Stories in Old/New Ways \ Further Reading \ Index.

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