Course Title: 
Indian Writing in English - II
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Indian Writing in English - II' is a course offered in Sixth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To provide an overview of the various phases of the evolution of Indian writing in English; to introduce students to the thematic concerns, genres and trends of Indian writing in English; to generate discussions on the constraints and challenges encountered in articulating Indian sensibility in English; to expose students to the pluralistic aspects of Indian culture, ethos and identity.

Unit 1

Introduction to the contemporary Indian writing in English-Themes and Concerns- Styles- poetry, drama, fiction, short story.

Unit 2

Poetry [All Detailed]

Meena Kandasamy - “Aggression
GievePatel - “On Killing a Tree
Temsula Ao – “Prayer of a Monolith
Saleem Peeradina: “The Lesson
Suniti Namjoshi: “Speech

Unit 3


Manjula Padmanabhan: Harvest [Detailed].
Mahesh Dattani: Dance Like a Man [Non-Detailed].

Unit 4

Fiction [All Non-Detailed]

Upamanyu Chatterjee: English.
August: An Indian Story.
Rohinton Mistry: Such a Long Journey.

Unit 5

Short Story [All Non-Detailed]

Mahasweta Devi “The Breast Giver”
Jhumpa Lahiri “The Brotherly Love”

  1. Saleem Peeradina (ed). Contemporary Indian Poetry in English. Delhi: Macmillan, 1972.
  2. Manjula Padmanabhan: Harvest.
  3. Upamanyu Chatterjee: English, August: An Indian Story
  4. Rohinton Mistry: Such a Long Journey. Faber and Faber.
  5. Mahesh Dattani: Dance Like a Man. Penguin.
  6. Online Sources.
  1. King, Bruce. Modern Indian Poetry in English. New Delhi: OUP, 1987.
  2. George, K.M. (ed). Modern Indian Literature: An Anthology. Vol 1 & 2 Delhi: SA, 1992.
  3. Naik, M.K. Perspectives on Indian Poetry in English. Delhi: Abhinav Publication, 1984.
  4. William, H.M. Indo-Anglian Literature 1800-1970: A Survey. Madras: Orient Longman, 1976.
  5. SrinivasaIyengar, K R. Indian Writing in English. Delhi: Sterling, 1974.
  6. Naik,M.K. “A History of Indian English Literature”. Delhi: SA, 1982.
  7. Kripalani, Krishna. Literature of Modern India, New Delhi: NBT, 1982.
  8. V.K.Gokak (ed). The Golden Treasury of Indo-Anglian Poetry: 1895-1965. Delhi: SA, 1970.
  9. R Parthasarathy (ed). Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets. Delhi: OUP, 1976.
  10. Online sources.