Steel nibs are sprouting: new dalit writing from South India (Dossier II - Kannada and Telugu)

Contributor(s): Satyanarayana, K [Editor] | Tharu, Susie [Editor]
Publisher: Noida Harper Collins Publishers India 2013Description: x, 812 p.ISBN: 9789350293768Subject(s): Kannada - Translations into English | Kannada - Dalit authors - Translations into English | Telugu literature - Translations into English | Telugu literature - Dalit authors - Translations into EnglishDDC classification: 305.568 Summary: Not only an important social document, this is a collection of highly readable, earthy literature that holds up a mirror of India to us. The second of two volumes that document the upsurge of dalit writing in South India that began in the mid-1970s brings together in English translation forty-three writers, activists and public intellectuals from Kannada and Telugu. Their poetry, fiction, essays, critical commentary, self writing and research into mythopoeic pasts have changed the very idea of modern literature, culture and society. Each writer strikes a distinct political note that challenges received wisdom. Initially published in small, alternative journals and daily newspapers, this fulsome, ground-hugging archive is a rare intellectual biography of the past half century; record of the meanings of Ambedkar, Lohia and Marx in contemporary India; and a mine of knowledge and insight into childhood, education, family, welfare, employment, work, the role of politics in dalit worlds.The array of dalit perspectives within these pages, sometimes in conversation, at other times clashing, provide texture and dynamism to what is possibly the most vital debate in the country today. Together, they tell the hidden story of India.
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Not only an important social document, this is a collection of highly readable, earthy literature that holds up a mirror of India to us.

The second of two volumes that document the upsurge of dalit writing in South India that began in the mid-1970s brings together in English translation forty-three writers, activists and public intellectuals from Kannada and Telugu. Their poetry, fiction, essays, critical commentary, self writing and research into mythopoeic pasts have changed the very idea of modern literature, culture and society. Each writer strikes a distinct political note that challenges received wisdom.

Initially published in small, alternative journals and daily newspapers, this fulsome, ground-hugging archive is a rare intellectual biography of the past half century; record of the meanings of Ambedkar, Lohia and Marx in contemporary India; and a mine of knowledge and insight into childhood, education, family, welfare, employment, work, the role of politics in dalit worlds.The array of dalit perspectives within these pages, sometimes in conversation, at other times clashing, provide texture and dynamism to what is possibly the most vital debate in the country today. Together, they tell the hidden story of India.

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