Shifting Paradigms of English and the Critical Crucible of Genre Fiction


  • Sambuddha Jash PhD Research Scholar, Department of English University of Delhi Delhi – 110007 India


This paper tracks the historical specificity of Indian English genre fiction writing that developed during the post-Liberalization era. Genre fiction within this paper is a term that has been designated to the category of post-Liberalization writings where we find proliferation of various genres which charts an alternative moment of literary history. To reach the central framework of this paper I have developed certain discursive moments to show the immediacy and necessity of genre fiction within the globalized Indian setting. It begins by questioning the suitability of English both as a language and a medium of literary expression to convey the Indian sensibilities, which were thought to be faithfully posited and represented within the world of the vernaculars.The paper proceeds through the critical engagement with these ideas and tries to show how the distinctive spaces of English and the Indian vernaculars are gradually subsumed through the global template of English education and its value. The final phase of the papershows that during the post-Liberalization times these spaces get negotiated and their terms of engagement are renewed. The most important development within this phase is the appropriation of English as the ‘new vernacular’. It is within this crucible of necessary change that a new dimension of writing emerges – embodied by the variants of genre fiction.


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