Positions : Essays on Indian Literature

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 228 mm x 152 mm
Black and white; 368 pages; Hardback
ISBN-13: 978-93-89136-14-2


Positions: Essays on Indian Literature features a careful selection from K. Satchidanandan’s essays on Indian literature, written over the past 25 years. The general theme of the book is Indian literature(s). The book contains essays that look for paradigms based on Indian textual practices and reading traditions, while also drawing freely on Indian and Western critical concepts and close readings of certain texts. The first part of the book discusses questions on the idea of Indian literature, the poetics of Bhakti, the concept of the ‘modern’, the location of English writing in India, the conflicting ideas of India, projected especially by the subaltern literary movements and the issues of literary criticism and translation. The second part of the book discusses the work of individual authors including Sarala Das, Mirza Ghalib, Kabir, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Sarojini Naidu, Kedarnath Singh, A.K. Ramanujan and Kamala Das. These essays will contribute to the growing, yet insufficient, corpus of literary studies in India.

K. Satchidanandan
K. Satchidanandan

K. Satchidanandan is an academic, poet, critic, translator, playwright and travel-writer has served as Professor of English in Christ College affiliated to the Calicut University, Professor and Director of the Centre for Translation Studies IGNOU, Editor of Indian Literature and Secretary, Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) and National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

His first collection of poems, Anchu Sooryan (Five Suns) came out in 1971 and since then he has published more than 20 collections of poetry. He has also authored an equal number of collections of essays on literature, philosophy and social issues, two plays, four books of travelogues and a memoir in Malayalam, besides four books on comparative Indian literature in English. He has won 51 awards including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and National Sahitya Akademi Award, Knighthood by the Govt of Italy, Dante Medal by Dante Institute, Ravenna, International Poetry for Peace Award by the government of UAE, and Indo-Polish Friendship Medal by the Govt of Poland.