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After Amnesia: Tradition and Change in Indian Literary Criticism

by G.N. Devy

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan

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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.

Details of the book

Book :
After Amnesia: Tradition and Change in Indian Literary Criticism
Book ID :
17206
Author :
G.N. Devy
ISBN 13 :
9788125004202
Year of Publication :
1993
Publisher :
Orient BlackSwan
Binding :
Softcover
Pages :
160
Weight :
1 kg

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