Indian English Literature 2001-2015: A Critical Survey
A Sequel to Indian English Literature 1980-2000

Shyamala A. Narayan


The twenty-first century has witnessed an explosive growth of Indian English literature. New tendencies in existing genres have made the field of creative and prose writing more dynamic. These need to be assessed to familiarise both the present day reader and the researcher with the entire landscape of Indian English writing in the twenty-first century. Indian English Literature 2001-2015: A Critical Survey analyses various genres - poetry, fiction, drama and non-fiction prose. Popular fiction is an increasingly important feature of recent Indian Writing in English, and one chapter is devoted to examining new trends in fiction: "chick lit", science fiction, detective stories, thrillers dealing with politics, espionage and terrorism, and novels presenting new perspectives on Indian mythology. Creative writing in recent years has focussed in new ways on the world of children and young adults. There is a separate chapter on literature for children and young adults, and a bibliography of secondary sources. This book fulfils the long-felt need for a sequel to Indian English Literature 1980- 2000: A Critical Survey by M.K. Naik and Shyamala A. Narayan, recognised as a definitive work in the field.

Shyamala A. Narayan (b. 1947), holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Mysore (1974). She has published extensively in major research journals and encyclopaedias on several Indian writers including Shashi Deshpande, Nissim Ezekiel, Amitav Ghosh, Nayantara Sahgal, Salman Rushdie and Shashi Tharoor. Her books include Sudhin N. Ghose (1973), Raja Rao: The Man and His Work (1988), and an anthology commissioned by the Sahitya Akademi, Non-Fictional Indian Prose in English 1960-1990 (1998). She has co-authored two books with Professor M.K. Naik: Indian English Fiction: A Critical Study (2009) and Indian English Literature 1980-2000: A Critical Survey (2001), a sequel to Naik's A History of Indian English Literature (Sahitya Akademi, 1982). Since 1972, she has been compiling the Indian section of the "Annual Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature", a comprehensive listing of primary and secondary sources with a critical introduction, for The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (Sage Publications, London). This is widely regarded as the most comprehensive critical guide to the year's literary output, and is the primary archival resource for researchers in Indian English literature. She is also a book reviewer. About 250 reviews have been published in scholarly journals like World Literature Today (University of Oklahoma), ARIEL, The Literary Criterion, Indian Literature, The Book Review, The Indian P.E.N. and The Journal of Indian Writing in English. Book reviews were also commissioned by the newspaper The Hindu, and more than 250 short reviews appeared in the period 1980-2003. She retired as Professor and Head of the Department of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University in New Delhi, and now lives in Bengaluru.

ISBN 978-93-82178-29-3           2020           304 pp           Rs. 1195 (hb)