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Socio Literary Cultures in South Asia

Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | English Non-fiction

Socio Literary Cultures in South Asia

Author: Anisur Rahman
Publisher: Niyogi Books

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

Socioliterary cultures in South Asia presents seventeen studies on authors, textsand issues under three sections that represent different secular traditions, imaginative landscapesand realistic configurations. It examines social, political, secularand cultural texts from five South Asian sites—india, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladeshand Sri Lanka represent a larger kaleidoscope of ancient and modern heritages. It appraises personal and collective histories in terms of time, memoryand myth, spells out stages in the formation of canons and Identitiesand considers the problematic of survival in the maze of ideological formulations in different South Asian locations. Drawing upon a rich variety of Verbal and performance texts, The book examines the vitality of authorial imagination, hybrid thought patternsand indigenous expression. The merit of the book lies in how it develops a larger view of South Asia as a veritable cultural space marked for the richness of its diversity rather than the illusion of its unity.

About the Author: 

Anisur Rahman is a literary critic, translator and poet. He has worked and published in the areas of comparative, translation and postcolonial studies with reference to the literatures of South Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He has four books, six edited/co-edited volumes, two collections of modern Urdu poetry in English translation and an anthology of poems in English to his credit. Formerly a Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in New Delhi, he is currently Senior Advisor at Rekhta Foundation. He has been a Shastri Fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada (2001−2002)and a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University, USA (2007).

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