Who are the best Indian literary authors

The empire strikes back: the postcolonial Indian literature from the outside in

[Journal article]

Abstract

Does such a thing as Indian Writing in English exist? In the essay, which is divided into five paragraphs, the author would like to shed light on the difficulty of this particular genre definition. The works of the examined authors of the Indian diaspora differ extremely from one another ... more

Does such a thing as Indian Writing in English exist? In the essay, which is divided into five paragraphs, the author would like to shed light on the difficulty of this particular genre definition. The works of the examined authors of the Indian diaspora differ extremely from one another, both in terms of thematic and stylistic aspects. Among them there are novels and short stories in the classic narrative style by authors such as Naipaul, Ghosh, Lahiri, ... mainly grouped around immigration topics. At the same time, however, authors such as Rushdie, Roy, Tharoor, ... are trying to break up language and develop modern narrative techniques. Not only is the large, diverse geographic area of ‚Äč‚ÄčIndia portrayed with its strengths and weaknesses, but rave stories and pop novels by Rushdie and Kureishi are created synchronously. The only real homogeneous quality of the dozen works discussed and their creators lies in the language: All works were written exclusively in English. An important note is that English is not the native language of these authors. The English language is used as an instrument of linguistic and artistic expression. A second homogeneity of subordinate importance is that almost all of these authors have an immigration experience in common. The essay uses examples to explain how "Indian Writing in English" differs from "The Indian Romanticism" in European literature. The post-colonial writers point their raised index fingers at the wounds of India, and they ruthlessly mock themselves at the misanthropic governments of Thatcher and Bush. One paragraph is devoted to the bizarre gender love, which causes irritation while reading ... less


Does such a thing as Indian Writing in English exist? In the article, which is divided into five sections, the Indianborn author of German language attempts to illustrate illuminate the particular hurdles to determining this subject as a genre. The works discussed by male and female authors vary tre ... more

Does such a thing as Indian Writing in English exist? In the article, which is divided into five sections, the Indianborn author of German language attempts to illustrate illuminate the particular hurdles to determining this subject as a genre. The works discussed by male and female authors vary tremendously one from another both in theme and in style. Among them are novels and stories in traditional narrative style by Naipaul, Ghosh, Lahiri ... primarily grouped by major themes of immigration. At the same time that authors such as Rushdie, Roy, Tharoor ... have been endeavoring to expand the vocabulary and conventions of the English language and to further modern narrative technique. Not only is the complex Indian subcontinent and its positive and negative realities portrayed and redefined, but as a parallel occurrence, rave stories and pop novels are being written by Rushdie and Kureishi. The sole common characteristic of the some dozen works and authors reviewed in this essay lies in their all being written in the English language. One must note here that English is not the mother tongue of any of these writers. The English language is used as an instrument of literary and artistic expression. A further homogeneity of secondary importance lies in the fact that nearly all of these writers have some sort of diaspora experience1. This essay also expounds on examples of how "Indian Writing in English" differentiates itself clearly from "The Indian Romanticism" of European literature. The postcolonial writers point an admonishing finger to the wounds of India and they ruthlessly mock the inhumane regimes of Mrs. Thatcher and of Mr. Bush. One segment is devoted to the bizarre portrayal of love, gender and sex relations that makes the reading of the books in question vexing .... less

Thesaurus keywords
In the; Writer; Novel; Language; Diaspora; Migration; Postcolonialism; literature

classification
Literary studies, linguistics, linguistics

Language document
German

Year of publication
2010

Page reference
Pp. 83-92

Magazine title
interculture journal: online journal for intercultural studies, 9 (2010) 11

Issue topic
Dealing with cultural differences in training, companies, politics and literature

ISSN
2196-9485

status
Release version; appraised (peer reviewed)

License
Creative Commons Attribution