About the book
Literature, Language and media are intimately inter linked and Play a vital role in cultural, social and Political life of a people and have a direct bearing on the process of nation building and modernization. They assume greater significance in a plural Society like India with its multiplicity of languages, castes and religions.
The sixteen articles gathered in the volume address the above issues. They cover the area of Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, English and Chagatay and provide a variegated overview of different linguistic, stylistic, literary and medial aspects and problems of modern India. They also peep into pre-modern India, besides Transoxania and Afghanistan, through the Babur-nama. The articles have been grouped into three sections, literature, language and media.
Nine papers in the first section range from the depiction of individuality in the pre-modern Islamic panorama, of the self as other, and of the liminal situation of a diarist, to the problems related to the translation of contemporary Indian literature into English; from the use of different styles and code switching with English, to respect for Tradition in the use of figurative language; from the contradictory relation between the psychological attitude of a writer to life and its portrayal in his literary works, to the Creative interplay evolved in literature from the confrontation between western and Indian philosophy, and finally, to the use of literature as a weapon for political awakening among the masses.
Papers in the second section deal with the future of English in India, error analysis in Hindi as the language of media and Hindi explicators.
The third section, covers question relating to national theatre for the Hindus in the late nineteenth century and the popular 'Nautanki' in the Hindi belt, the Search for national identity as reflected in the Hindi Press and the relevance of Caste association publications in forging and defending a new caste identity.
This stimulating volume should be Interest of to media persons and all those interested in literature and linguistics.