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  • Language: en
  • Pages: 213

"Of Many Heroes"

This books is a sequel to After Amnesia, Dr Devy s Sahitya Akademi Award winning study. Of Many Heroes attempts to reconstruct the convention s of literary history in India prior to India s colonial encounter with the modern West. In some sections of the essay, the main focus is the mutual dependence of western literary history and cultural colonialism.

After Amnesia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 147

After Amnesia

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1995
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  • Publisher: Unknown

After Amnesia is an original analysis of literary criticism in India. It is an attempt to describe what is recognised by common agreement to be a crisis in Indian criticism, and to explain it in historical terms. Dr Devy argues that the colonial experience in India gave rise to false images of the West as a superior culture; and induced a state of cultural amnesia and mistaken modes of literary criticism. It is this amnesia that is responsible for the belief among literary historians that the critical tradition in the modern Indian languages for instance, Gujarati and Marathi is only over a hundred years old. The author argues that it is inconceivable for these languages to have produced great literatures for half a millennium without developing some form of literary criticism. Therefore, he says, it is necessary to postulate a more reliable literary history.

Painted words
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 302

Painted words

In Indian context.

The G N Devy Reader
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 548

The G N Devy Reader

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-01-01
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  • Publisher: Unknown

A dominated culture learns not just to be like the culture that dominates it, but also attempts to conceal its own antecedents. In such cultural encounters, amnesia plays a major role in defining the self-perception of cultures. G. N. Devy s After Amnesia, first published in 1992, offers an incisive analysis of contemporary literary scholarship in Indian languages by demonstrating how modern Indian languages learnt to forget that literary criticism had been rejected by them during the post-Sanskrit medieval centuries, and how they have posed before themselves a false choice of intellectual practices rooted in culturally distant Western or Sanskritic traditions. After Amnesia proposes that wh...

In Another Tongue
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 167

In Another Tongue

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The Crisis Within
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 146

The Crisis Within

Nearly one in every twelve humans is a young Indian for whom meaningful education is of critical importance. A good education will not only help our youth get jobs and build fulfilling careers, it will also lead to the widening of our collective imagination and the shaping of the way we think; for all these reasons it ought to be an important concern of our time. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is a lack of infrastructure, adequate funding and genuine autonomy within educational institutions, departments within those institutions, and individuals who teach in those departments. And this is not all. There is also the question of the nature of knowledge that is relevant to our rapid...

Indian Literary Criticism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 430

Indian Literary Criticism

Literary criticism produced by Indian scholars from the earliest times to the present age is represented in this book. These include Bharatamuni, Tholkappiyar, Anandavardhana, Abhinavagupta, Jnaneshwara, Amir Khusrau, Mirza Ghalib, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, B.S. Mardhekar, Ananda Coomaraswamy, and A.K. Ramanujam and Sudhir Kakar among others. Their statements have been translated into English by specialists from Sanskrit, Persian and other languages.

A nomad called thief
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 199

A nomad called thief

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006-01-01
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  • Publisher: Egully.com

A collection of essays on Adivasis. Tribal groups (adivasis) in India have often been excluded, marginalized and oppressed by `mainstream society. In many ways this exclusion, marginalization and oppression is fostered by the way in which `mainstream society looks at the adivasis as exotic, dangerous, or `primitive others. Devy s book looks at the problems of adivasis, the threat to their physical environment, the terror and indignity of the stigma of being considered criminal tribes and their induction into the communal violence in Gujarat. But he also discusses the simple sophistication of Adivasi knowledge systems, language and literature, as also initiatives taken along with tribals in the areas of health, microfinance and preservation of cultural forms.

The Danger of Gender
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 120

The Danger of Gender

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2003-01-01
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  • Publisher: Sarup & Sons

With reference to 20th century Indian English literature with special reference to gender identity.

Towards a Transcultural Future
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 331

Towards a Transcultural Future

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004
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  • Publisher: Rodopi

Studying postcolonial literatures in English can (and indeed should) make a human rights activist of the reader – there is, after all, any amount of evidence to show the injustices and inhumanity thrown up by processes of decolonization and the struggle with past legacies and present corruptions. Yet the human-rights aspect of postcolonial literary studies has been somewhat marginalized by scholars preoccupied with more fashionable questions of theory. The present collection seeks to redress this neglect, whereby the definition of human rights adopted is intentionally broad. The volume reflects the human rights situation in many countries from Mauritius to New Zealand, from the Cameroon to...