The Oxford India Anthology of Tamil Dalit Writing

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This landmark anthology presents for the first time a clear picture of the different phases of the writing and activities of Dalits from the late nineteenth century to the present in Tamil Nadu. The selections comprising the volume open ways and means of addressing issues to do with the literary, aesthetic, political, and cultural spheres.

With 78 selections from poetry, fiction (short stories and excerpts from novels), drama, and prose (autobiographies, speeches, biographies, and archival materials), this collection represents the work of 42 writers and 15 translators. The selected pieces look at issues relating to identity/subjectivity, nationalism/colonialism, and the caste-gender nexus beyond the existing framework of what is widely known as 'Dalit Studies'. The General Introduction analyses the historical and socio-cultural contexts of Tamil Dalit writing, and provides the contextual framework of the selections to further the understanding of this hitherto marginalized discourse. With all the selections translated by experts, the volume includes short bio-notes on the authors and translators. This is a significant volume establishing the rise of writing by Dalits as a shaping force because it is one of the most important developments in 20th century Indian literature and politics.
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Covers Tamil Dalit writing over the last 100 years: 1890-2010. Represents the work of 42 writers and 15 translators. Includes 78 selections: poetry, fiction (short stories and excerpts from novels), drama, and prose (autobiographies, speeches, biographies, and archival materials). All new, save 12, translations commissioned for the anthology. Introduction provides context and conceptual framework for selections.

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Ravikumar, well-known Dalit intellectual, poet, columnist, and former legislator, is founder/editor of Navayana Publishing House. He is widely recognized as being instrumental in retrieving Dalit history in Tamil Nadu. Over the years, he has contributed to Indian Express, Pioneer, Seminar, and The Hindu and is well known as a Columnist in BBC (Tamil).

R. Azhagarasan is Lecturer, Department of English, University of Madras. He has produced a play 'Education Is Our Right' by Drew Hayden Taylor, August 2004, for the National conference on New Technologies and Transformation of Higher Education in Canada and India, conducted by the Centre for Canadian Studies, March 2004 and submitted a project on 'Dalits and Colonial Question' to the University of Madras, 2009.

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