1st Edition

The Making of Indian English Literature

By Subhendu Mund Copyright 2022

    The Making of Indian English Literature brings together seventeen well-researched essays of Subhendu Mund with a long introduction by the author historicising the development of the Indian writing in English while exploring its identity among the many appellations tagged to it. The volume demonstrates, contrary to popular perceptions, that before the official introduction of English education in India, Indians had already tried their hands in nearly all forms of literature: poetry, fiction, drama, essay, bio­graphy, autobiography, book review, literary criticism and travel writing. Besides translation activities, Indians had also started editing and publish­ing periodicals in English before 1835.

    Through archival research the author brings to discussion a number of unknown and less discussed texts which contributed to the development of the genre. The work includes exclusive essays on such early poets and writers as Kylas Chunder Dutt, Shoshee Chunder Dutt, Toru Dutt, Mirza Moorad Alee Beg, Krupabai Satthianadhan, Swami Vivekananda, H. Dutt, and Sita Chatterjee; and historiographical studies on the various aspects of the genre. The author also examines the strategies used by the early writers to indianise the western language and the form of the novel. The present volume also demonstrates how from the very beginning Indian writing in English had a subtle nationalist agenda and created a space for protest literature.

    The Making of Indian English Literature will prove an invaluable addition to the studies in Indian writing in English as a source of reference and motivation for further research.

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    1. Introduction 2. Kylas Chunder Dutt: The First Writer of Indian English Fiction 3. Locating the Nation: Narrating the Nation, Re-writing History 4. Colonial Dilemma: A Study of Cultural Collision and Assimilation in the Early Indian English Fiction 5. Resistance and Reasoning: Shoshee Chunder Dutt’s Narration of the ‘Sepoy Mutiny’ 6. Towards the Horizon: A Study of the Early   Indian English Novel­ist’s Use of Language 7. Problem of Form in the Early Indian Novel   in English 8. Towards a Synthesis: The Theme of Reform in   the Early Indian Novel in English 9. Emergence of Biography and Autobiography in the Indian English Literature 10. Lost in ‘a strange light’: An Enquiry into Toru Dutt’s Legacy 11. Krupabai Satthianadhan: The Portrait of an Indian Lady 12. The Mystic as Kavyadarshi: Swami Vivekananda’s Engagement with Literature 13. The New Woman and Colonial Modernism: Sita Chatterjee’s The Knight Errant as an Exploration of Identity 14. Between the Commonwealth and the Postcolonial: A Study of Nationness and Identity in the Early Indian English Fiction 15. The Strange Case of Suresh Biswas: Interrogating the Myth of Colonial Masculinity 16. The Enigma of Hybridity: Mirza Moorad Alee Beg, the Author of Lalun the Beragun 17. An Indigenous Perception of ‘Myth’ and ‘Mysticism’: A Study in the Early Indian English Poetry 18. Politics of Self-assertion: A Study in the Early Indian Fiction in English Translation


    Subhendu Mund is an Odia poet, writer, lexicographer and translator. He is presently a Visiting Professor at School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management, IIT Bhubaneswar.