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South Asian literatures in English: Resources by country: SOAS Library

This is a selection of web sites on South Asian literatures in English.

We have interpreted “South Asian literatures in English” very broadly to include British writers from the colonial period (such as Rudyard Kipling and E. M. Forster); South Asian writers (such as R. K. Narayan, Arundhati Roy, Raja Rao, Manju Kapur, Shashi Deshpande, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni) and writers of the South Asian diaspora (such as V. S. Naipaul, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Monica Ali and Hanif Kureshi).

Contemporary Writers
This British Council website is a useful source for background information on writers. It provides biographical details, bibliographies and critical perspectives on a range of British writers, including British Asian/South Asian diasporic writers. The site can be searched by author name.

Postcolonial Web : Literature & Culture of the Indian subcontinent
Part of the Postcolonial web pages, hosted by the National University of Singapore. Entries for individual authors list their main writings and discuss the characterization, genres, themes and images in their work. The site also includes an overview of the history, religious and political context and structure of gender relationships in which they are working. There is a section devoted to post-colonial theory itself.

South Asian Diaspora literature in English
A bibliography of South Asian diaspora authors and their works

Postcolonialism

These sites on post-colonialism and literature include material on South Asian and South Asian diasporic literature.

Postcolonial Web : Literature & Culture of the Indian subcontinent
Hosted by the University of Singapore, entries for individual authors list their main writings and discuss the characterization, genres, themes and images in their work. Includes history, religious and political context and structure of gender relationships in which they are working. There is a section devoted to post-colonial theory itself.

Colonial and postcolonial literary dialogues
Provides analysis, links, and resources for colonial and postcolonial literature, history, and theory

Sites on individual authors and their works

Many authors have their own websites, or sites hosted by publishers or academic institutions. Searching the author’s name on a search engine such as Google will also retrieve such sites.

Raja Rao

Notes on Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

Sites of cultural and literary organisations and groups

Another Subcontinent : South Asian Society & Culture
Another Subcontinent is a non-profit group that seeks to foster an interactive understanding of South Asian society and culture.

Cerebration
Cerebration’s goal is to create a trans-cultural space for critical thought and creative work. Submissions cover a wide variety of topics and issues ranging from politics, culture and literature to science, art, music and films.

DesiLit : building support for South Asian and diasporic writing
DesiLit was founded in 2004, and works to build support for South Asian and diasporic writers. The site includes DesiLit Magazine (with its emphasis on contemporary writing) and a weblog.

Kala Kahani
This site has sections on literature, drama, dance, music and the visual arts. The literature pages are devoted to an exploration of writing, in English, of South Asian cultures.

Red Earth
Red Earth is devoted to designing events such as performances, talks and workshops and fostering artistic and cultural activity in various other ways like publications and art exhibitions; with a premium on aestheticism and innovation.

South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective is an organization dedicated to the advancement, visibility and development of emerging and established South Asian women artists, including writers.

SALIDAA : South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive
SALIDAA’s digital archive is a free online resource featuring collections of South Asian literature, art, theatre, dance and music by British based artists and organisations

Lists and Blogs

The SASIALIT mailing list : Literature of South Asia and the Indian diaspora
This discusses contemporary literature of South Asia ( Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka ), including works by authors of South Asian origin throughout the world. Examples of authors discussed might include: Vikram Chandra, Anita Desai, Farrukh Dhondy, Amitav Ghosh, Romesh Gunesekera, Hanif Kureishi, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Vickram Seth.

Kitabkhana
Frequently updated blog focusing on South Asian literature.

Amardeep Singh, Assistant Professor of English at Lehigh University
Amardeep Singh teaches British Modernism and Postcolonial Literature. His weblog provides analysis, resources and links on a range of subjects, including South Asian literatures.

Online journals

DesiLit Magazine

Jouvert : a journal of postcolonial studies

Intersections : gender, history and culture in the Asian context

The Hindu Book Review
The Hindu newspaper’s weekly Book Review. Issues are archived from 2001 until the current issue.

The Hindu Literary Review
The Hindu newspaper’s Sunday literary review. As well as book reviews, it includes literary profiles and news.