Culture, Nature and Literature

By Usha Bande

This book is a collection of papers presented at various seminars and conferences over the years. The topics and themes range from India's culture to ecology, from mythology to feminism, and from terrorism to human rights. The essays also represent a variety of critical positions and constitute a re-examination of some of the central issues in Indian literature. The defining feature of Indian writing is the quest to specify a space of cultural identity outside the hegemony. Thus, the need to preserve and project a distinct cultural identity has always been accompanied by the simultaneous incorporation or rejection of a colonizing alterity. Most of the papers look at and understand culture from various angles, with a twofold purpose: to make available some new strands toward critically viewing Indian writing and to analyze specific issues concentrating on textual and historical evidence. Many of the papers are linked by an interest in gender issues, while others offer a commentary on aspects of life across India's postmodern landscape. The topics that are explored touch upon different sections of contemporary Indian society, which makes this pluralism indicative of the basic nature of literary criticism.

220 pages

Publication Date: 10/1/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131605547

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