Author Archives: R I E Library, Mysore

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The G N Devy reader: after amnesia ‘of many heroes’ the being of bhasha countering violence


Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder

Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 978-81-250-36937

Acc No.: 74104       Call No.: 891.1 R11


Book Description: A dominated culture learns not just to be like the culture that dominates it, but also attempts to conceal its own antecedents. In such cultural encounters, amnesia plays a major role in defining the self-perception of cultures. G. N. Devy s After Amnesia, first published in 1992, offers an incisive analysis of contemporary literary scholarship in Indian languages by demonstrating how modern Indian languages learnt to forget that literary criticism had been rejected by them during the post-Sanskrit medieval centuries, and how they have posed before themselves a false choice of intellectual practices rooted in culturally distant Western or Sanskritic traditions. After Amnesia proposes that what has come to be seen as a crisis in Indian literary criticism can be understood if a relevant historiography is formulated. Of Many Heroes , first published in 1997, is an attempt to formulate such a historiography. If After Amnesia is an essay on literary criticism, Of Many Heroes is a historiography of literary historiography in India. It presents a wide spectrum of survey of texts on literary history, beginning with the fourth century Bhartrihari s Vakyapadiya to the seminal texts produced during the twentieth century. The Reader brings together two other new essays by G. N. Devy The Being of Bhasha and Countering Violence. These philosophical essays discuss the significance of dialects and vanishing languages in the making of civilization, the place of silence and insanity in the making of meaning, and of language itself in the future of knowledge. After closely analyzing the sociological and psychological roots of violence, the author argues that the increasing violence in modern societies and the loss of languages in an increasingly intolerant and aggressive world need to be seen as closely related aspects of the cultural impact of historical processes germinating in colonialism and globalization hostile to cultural plurality. The four essays together present a complete theory of knowledge in postcolonial times. They present a plea for a radical reorientation to the question of education, knowledge, expression and interpretation of linguistic creative. They are, perhaps, the most challenging and unorthodox thesis on epistemic and hermeneutical issues central to modern Indian culture.

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Decentering Rushdie: Cosmopolitanism and the Indian Novel in English


 Jani, Pranav

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd.

ISBN: 9788125044529

Acc No.: 74119     Call No.: 823.914 J33


Book Description:  The book works on the contention that Salman Rushdies Midnights Children which won the Booker Prize in 1981 has dominated all discussions of postcolonial literature in the recent few years with its postmodern style and orientation with the result that the rich variety of narrative forms and perspectives on the nation have been obscured, if not erased altogether. Reading a range of novels published between the 1950s and the 1990s, including works by Nayantara Sahgal, Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai and Arundhati Roy, Decentering Rushdie suggests an alternative understanding of the genre in postcolonial India. Pranav Jani documents the broad shift from nation-oriented to postnationalist perspectives following the watershed crisis of the Emergency of the 1970s. Recovering the namak-halaal cosmopolitanism of early novels-a cosmopolitanism that is true to its salt, Decentering Rushdie also explains the rise and critical celebration of postnational cosmopolitanism. The book resituates contemporary literature within a nuanced history of Indian debates about cosmopolitanism and the national question.

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English poetry from the Elizabethans to the restoration: an anthology


Nayar, Pramod K. (ed.)

Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 978-81-250-4610-3

Acc No.: 74215      Call No.: 821.3 N331


Book Description: This comprehensive anthology of English poetry, from the Elizabethan age to the Restoration, places canonised poets such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Herbert along with poets not usually found in anthologies–Margaret Cavendish, Isabella Whitney, Mary Wroth, among others. The collection offers poetry of science, religious poetry, the country-house poem and courtly poetry and has a comprehensive introduction which presents the socio-political and intellectual backgrounds to the literature of this era. Traditional and new readings of this poetry are listed in a full bibliography at the end of the introduction. Biographical notes introduce each poet, while selective annotation explains some of the more obscure references and contextual implications of the poems.

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Digital cool: life in the age of new media


Nayar, Pramod K.

Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 978-81-250-4730-8

Acc No.: 74126    Call No.: 303.4833 N331


Book Description: Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikis it tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by cool technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working. Digital Cool is simultaneously about individualization, with its make-believe detachment ( Cool ), and the fierce collectivism facilitated by New Media. There s the young woman waiting for the tube while swishing through the bestseller she s just bought on her iPad, indifferent to her surroundings; there is also the fury of the mainly online Pink Chaddis campaign of 2009, the collaborative radical political critique of, or the arrival of Spring in Tahrir, with its unforgettable images of Google executive Wael Ghonim coordinating revolution on Facebook, accessed on his smartphone.

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A Companion to translation studies


Kuhiwczak, Piotr and Littau, Karin (eds.)

Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 978-81-250-4147-4

Acc No.: 74110    Call No.: 418.02 K96


Book Description: The book provides an authoritative guide to key approaches in translation studies each chapter gives an in-depth account of theoretical concepts, issues and studies in the general introduction, the editors illustrate how translation studies has developed as a broad inter disciplinary field

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Lacan: for beginners


Hill, Philip

Publisher: Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 978-81-250-2236-7

Acc No.: 74141    Call No.: 150.195092 H645


Book Description: The documentary comic books of the for beginners series deal with complex and serious subjects they attempt to intimidate and uncomplicated the great ideas and work of great thinkers the movements and concepts dealt with are placed in their historical, political and intellectual contexts the books are painstakingly researched, humorously written and enlivened with classic comic-strip illustrations, photographs, paintings, etc the range of subjects covered is truly vast and varied-malcom x and the new age guru castenanda, shakespeare and foucault, jewish holocaust and arab and israel, structuralism and biology


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Islam: for beginners


Matar, N. I.

Publisher: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd.,

ISBN: 81-250-2233-3

Acc No.: 74142       Call No.: 297 M425


Book Description: The documentary comic books of the For Beginners series deal with complex and serious subjects. They attempt to untimidate and uncomplicate the great ideas and work of great thinkers. The movements and concepts dealt with are placed in their historical, political and intellectual contexts. The books are painstakingly researched, humourouly written and enlivened with classic comic-strip illustrations, photographs, paintings, etc. The range of subjects covered is truly vast and varied Malcom X and the New Age guru Castenanda, Shakespeare and Foucault, Jewish Holocaust and Arab and Israel, Structuralism and Biology.