Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015
Dr. Pankaja Acharya
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Govt. Arts and Commerce College,
Indian English Literature in the recent past has attracted a wide spread interest, both in India and abroad. The success of a host of newer writers such as Vikam Chandra, Ardhashir Vakil and Kiran Desai seems to confirm the continuing appeal of the cosmopolitan ‘India Novel’, and of course Arundhati Roy has just won the Booker. Concomitantly, a multitude of cynics and enthusiasts have rushed to explain the rising status and growing popularity of India fictions. Among such cynical enthusiasts, Salman Rushdie has attracted the greatest attention for his recent diagnosis of the state and future of Indo-Anglian letters. Rushdie comes face to face with old-fashioned charge of elitism. As he acknowledges, in the country such as India it is only the very elite who have access to englishness and to the cultural and financial currencies of cosmopolitanism.