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Course Name Indian Writing In English – ii
Course Code 18ELL312
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VI
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

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”.
Gieve Patel- “On Killing a Tree”.
Temsula Ao – “Prayer of a Monolith”.
Saleem Peeradina: “The Lesson”.
Suniti Namjoshi: “Speech”.

Unit 3

ManjulaPadmanabhan: 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”.


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.

Core Reading

  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.

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