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Modernity in Balance

Colonialism, Modernity and Literature: A View from India edited by Satya P Mohanty (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 2011; pp viii + 261, £ 55.

Genealogies of Indian Literature

Since who or what is "Indian" has always remained a matter of contention, the term "Indian literature" becomes even more difficult to define and understand. Literature in India is as old as its paintings or its sculpture, but a sustained pursuit of its history began only at the dawn of the 19th century. That is when Indian literature became a theoretical category. But from the Sanskrit bias of early European Indologists, to the reformist-nationalist-modernist projects, to the ease with writing in English, literature in India has traversed diverse terrains.
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