Indian Literature: Paradigms and Praxis
By K. Satchidanandan

This volume problematizes and revaluates the major themes and concepts of Indian literature, followed by a close and searching scrutiny of a variety of Indian texts and authors. What comes under its sharp scanner includes the issues of the plurality and unity of Indian literature, the commonalities and differences between Indian writing in the languages and in English, the sacred and the secular in Indian cultural tradition, the re-visioning of Indian epics, the contributions of several widely acclaimed Indian writers, the state of Indian literary criticism today, and the burgeoning culture industry triggered by the contemporary sweep of globalization. Spanning an astonishing range and gifted with a style that blends information with insight effortlessly, the author weaves an absorbing critical discourse in this study.

K. Satchidananadan, former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters, India), is an internationally recognised poet, critic, translator and editor. He has 22 collections of poetry, 16 collections of translations of poetry, 20 works of literary criticism including two in English, 4 plays and 3 travelogues to his credit. He has received 21 awards at regional, national and international levels, including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award four times, India-Poland Friendship Medal from the Government of Poland and Knighthood of the Order of Merit from the Government of Italy. His collections of poetry have appeared in 16 languages including English, French, Italian and German. He has edited eight journals including Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi’s bimonthly and several anthologies of poetry, short stories and essays in Malayalam, English and Hindi. He has travelled across the world, reading and lecturing, and represented India in several international fairs and festivals including The Sarajevo Poetry Days, Berlin Literary Festival, Frankfurt Book Fair, Leipzig Book Fair, Paris Book Fair, Lahore Book Fair, The Indo-Arab Literary Festival at Abu Dhabi, The Festivals of Culture in the USSR and in China, Writers’ Exchange Programmes in Syria, France, Italy, Sweden and the U.S.A.
ISBN 81-85753-93-8           2008           172 pp           Rs. 430 (hb)