Mahasweta Devi: An Anthology of Recent Criticism
Edited by  Nivedita Sen and Nikhil Yadav

This volume examines the major works of Mahasweta Devi, recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1986) and the Bharatiya Jnanpith Award (1996). As a social activist who has consistently championed the cause of the tribal and other subaltern communities, she has also received the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1996) and the Padma Vibhushan (2006). The essays in this volume critique Mahasweta Deviís literary representations of the exploitation of the marginal and dispossessed groups by the dominant caste and class hierarchies, aided and abetted by greedy government officials and political manipulators. They also unfold how she essentializes the aesthetics of literature as a weapon against such multiple oppressions, and inscribes the courage and resilience of several of her victim-protagonists in a crippling milieu. In larger perspective, the essays situate Mahasweta Devi in appropriate spaces of Postcolonial Writing, Translation Studies and Womenís Writing, and reaffirm her status as an icon of Third World Literature in the First World Academia. Since critical readings, especially on her works in English translation, though ample, are scattered and piecemeal, this book-length study brings together several of the major critical interventions on her oeuvre.

Nivedita Sen teaches English at Hans Raj College, Delhi University, Delhi. She translates from Bangla into English, and her translations include Rabindranath Tagoreís Ghare Baire and Syed Mustafa Sirajís short stories. Her areas of interest are Translation Studies, Postcolonial Writing and Popular Fiction.

Nikhil Yadav teaches English at Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, Delhi. His areas of interest include Contemporary Fiction and Oral Folk Forms.

Contributors :
Alaknanda Bagchi, Anjum Katyal, Brinda Bose, Gabrielle Collu, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Jaidev, Jennifer Wenzel, Minoli Salgado, M. Asaduddin, Radha Chakravarty, Sujit Mukherjee, Tabish Khair.
ISBN 81-85753-88-1           2008           256 pp           Rs. 800 (hb)