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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...

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.

  • 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.

A Nomad Called Thief
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 199

A Nomad Called Thief

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2006
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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.

In Another Tongue
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 167

In Another Tongue

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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.

COUNTERING VIOLENCE.
  • Language: en

COUNTERING VIOLENCE.

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Question of Silence
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

The Question of Silence

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Painted Words
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 302

Painted Words

In Indian context.

Narrating Nomadism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 282

Narrating Nomadism

Narrating Nomadism provides an unflinching account of ethnic groups and nomadic communities across the world that were branded as ‘criminal’ during colonial times. It explores the tragic effect of the new identity imposed on them, the traumatic survival of these communities and cultures, and the creative expression of this experience in their arts and literature in the form of resistance. Presenting specific contexts and locations of cultural devastation in history, the volume traces colonial social imagination as such, showing how the grossly misperceived non-sedentary communities in the colonies were subjected to the mission of ‘settling’ them. The essays presented here document th...