Interdisciplinary Alter-natives in Comparative Literature

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Interdisciplinary Alter-natives in Comparative Literature examines the directions taken by Comparative Literature in recent years and maps the shifts in paradigms that are in process. Alternative discourses of Comparative Literature are explored in the volume with reference to the ongoing debates on World Literature, contemporary interpretations of the canon, the dialectic of resistance embodied in cultural productions of the region and the contestations implicit in the oral and performative traditions.

The nineteen essays in the five sections of the volume also discuss the challenges and opportunities provided by the emergence of areas like Culture Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Translation Studies, etc. The essays emphasize the need to transform Comparative Literature into a discipline capable of coping with the crisis in humanities in the twenty-first century, based on the multilingual, multicultural experiences of countries like India.
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Professor E V Ramakrishnan has published poetry and criticism in English and Malayalam. As a translator he has translated poetry from Malayalam, Hindi and Gujarati into English. Among his research interests are Comparative Indian Literature, Translation Studies and Malayalam Literature/Kerala Culture. Among his publications in English are Making It New: Modernism in Malayalam, Marathi and Hindi (1995), Narrating India: The Novel in Search of the Nation (Edited, 2001) and Locating Indian Literature: Texts, Traditions, Translations (2011). Among his publications in Malayalam are Aksharavum Adhunikatayum (Received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Literary Criticism in 1995), Desheeyatakalum Sahityavum (2001) and Anubhavangale Aarkkanu Peti (2012). He is presently Professor and Dean at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.

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