This anthology of papers presented at a Seminar organissed by the Sahitya Akademi in March 1998, takes stock of the Indian poetry of the five decades after independence, raise basic conceptual questions, examines paradigm shifts and interrogates the established canons by foregrounding marginalized voice. The papers examine the growth of modern sensibility in Indian poetry in specific linguistic contexts, relates it to general cultural issues and esamines post-colonial avant-grade trends including the feminist and the Dalit movements. The papers are collected under three heads: 'Modernism in Retrospect' examines the historical, political and aesthetic aspects of modernism; 'After Modernism: Articulating Resistance' takes a close look at the alternative trends that challenge the status-quoist mainstream poetry; 'Poetry as Discourse: Some General Issues' takes up some general issues concerning the present and future of poetry, including the problems of the translation of poetry. Contributors to the volume include Dilip Chitre, E. V. Ramakrishnan, Ramesh chandra shah, Makarand Paranjape, Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Chandrakant Patil, M. Asaduddin, Lakshmi Kannan, Rajlukshmee Debee, K. D. Kurtkodi, P.P.Raveendran, S. Carlos, Sudheesh Pachauri and Udayan Vajpeyi among others.
About The Editor:
K. Satchidanandan who has edited this volume is a pioneer of modern poetry and criticism in Malayalam with 18 collections of poetry, two plays, 15 collections of critical articles and interviews and 15 collections of translated poetry. He ha four highly acclaimed collection of poetry in English translation: Summer Rain, How to Go to the Tao Temple, Imperfect and Other New Poems and So Many Births: Three Decades of Poetry.
Some of his critical articles have been collected under the title Indian Literature: Positions and Propositions. Winner of ten state-level and national awards for literature, his works have been translated into several major Indian and foreign language and included in national and international anthologies. He has done reading and lectures in all major countries of Europe and Asia besides USA. Having been a Professor of English and the editor of Indian Literature, he now heads the Sahitya Akademi, the Indian National Academy of Letters.
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