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Writer, the Reader and the State, The: Literary Censorship in India
Published by Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd
This book offers a comprehensive account of the censorship of literature in India since Independence and the recent trends in literature banning
This book offers a comprehensive account of the censorship of literature in India since Independence and the recent trends in literature banning The author recalls the literary censorship of books in India, both in English and in regional languages, and the impact of Emergency on banned books. The book highlights recent trends and current challenges to free literary expression in the country and attempts to locate it in the tradition of Indian literary history. The term `censorship', used in the book, is a rubric that includes various repressive measures, both governmental and non-governmental, in banning a book after publication, withdrawing a book using coercive tactics or suppression of a work on other grounds. It adds a literary perspective to the process of reception of these books by the reader.
PrefaceIntroduction: Besieged Words and Strategies of ControlThe Writer and the State: The Indian Literary TraditionCensorship Laws and Colonial RootsBanned in India: Books Denied to Indian ReadersThe Bhasha Fights: Censorship in Regional LanguagesOf Shame and Silence: The Emergency 1975-77The `Democratization' of Censorship: Books and the Indian PublicIndex
Mini Chandran is Professor of English literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, IIT Kanpur. She writes occasionally for The Indian Express. A practising translator, she translates from Malayalam to English and back, and has published translations of fiction and non-fiction titles, besides academic papers in national and international journals. Her translations include A Revolutionary Life, biography of Lakshmi Sahgal (from English to Malayalam) and Autumnal Memories, biography of prominent Malayalam critic Joseph Mundassery (from Malayalam to English). She has also co-edited Textual Travels: Theory and Practice of Translation in India. Besides literary censorship, her other areas of research interest are translation studies, Indian literature and Indian aesthetics.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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