The Indian Imagination focuses on literary developments in English both in the colonial and postcolonial periods of Indian history. Six divergent writers - Aurobindo Ghose (Sri Aurobindo), Mulk Raj Anand, Balachandra Rajan, Nissim Ezekiel, Anita Desai, and Arun Joshi - represent a consciousness that has emerged from the confrontation between tradition and modernity. The colonial fantasy of British India was finally dissolved in the first half of this century, only to be succeeded by another fantasy, that of the reinstituted sovereign nation-state. This study argues that the two phases of history - like the two phases of Indian writing in English - together represent the sociohistorical process of colonization and decolonization and the affirmation of identity.
K.D. Verma is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
"...should be made required reading for students majoring in Indian Literature and Indian Studies."--K.L. Seshagiri Rao, Interreligious Insight
"...the essays are packed with an enormous amount of literary information."Ashokamitran, The Hindu(India)