Writing India Anew
Indian English Fiction 2000-2010
Amsterdam University Press
This groundbreaking study assesses the genre of Indian-English fiction in the first decade of the twenty-first century. Some of the most prominent scholars in the field, including Rimi B. Chatterjee, Bill Ashcroft and Shirley Chew, explore a range of themes that extend from the re-mapping of mythology and history to reassessing the globalised India of today. Together, they contend that the current body of work of Indian-English literature is so varied and vibrant that it can no longer be dismissed as derivative or dispossessed. Instead, they regard this new corpus of writing to be a major aspect of contemporary Anglophone literature. Ultimately, the contributors contend that the current body of work in Indian-English fiction is so varied and vibrant that it can no longer be dismissed as derivative or dispossessed, or even as mere postcolonial 'writing back' or compensatory national allegory.
Krishna Sen is professor and former head of the Department of English, University of Calcutta, and founder member of the University’s Women’s Studies Research Centre.
Rituparna Roy has been a Lecturer in English Literature at Basantidevi College, Kolkata, India; and recently, an Affiliated Fellow at The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Amsterdam. She is the author of South Asian Partition Fiction in English: From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh, Amsterdam University Press, 2010.