The Oxford India Anthology of Malayalam Dalit Writing

Hardcover | March 15, 2012

EditorM. Dasan, V. Pratibha, C.S. Chandrika

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Malayalam, believed to have evolved from tribal, Tamil, and Sanskrit mixes in roughly the 9th century, has a history of writing dating back to the 12th century. It is the youngest of the Dravidian languages, but its written tradition until the latter half of the 20th century has no visibleDalit presence. This anthology makes visible the ideological and aesthetic differences that Malayalam Dalit writing has from its mainstream writing which has already been widely translated. Because Dalit writing demands a different sensibility and ideological paradigm from readers, breakthroughswere slow. With 55 selections from songs, poems, short stories, excerpts from novels, biographical sketches, plays, and critical writings, this collection represents the work of 36 writers and 19 translators. Arranged genre wise and chronologically, the volume includes section introductions for each genre, andshort bio-notes on the authors and translators. The General Introduction interprets the historical, cultural, and social contexts of Malayalam Dalit writing, and provides the logical and conceptual framework of the selections for a better understanding of this hitherto marginalized discourse. Thisvolume will appeal to anybody who seeks to understand the ideology, origin, and development of anti-caste literature in South India because the appearance and rise of Dalit writing is one of the most important developments in 20th century Indian literature and politics.

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Malayalam, believed to have evolved from tribal, Tamil, and Sanskrit mixes in roughly the 9th century, has a history of writing dating back to the 12th century. It is the youngest of the Dravidian languages, but its written tradition until the latter half of the 20th century has no visibleDalit presence. This anthology makes visible th...

M. Dasan is Professor and Head in the Department of Studies in English at Kannur University. V. Pratibha is Reader in the Department of English at the University of Calicut. C.S. Chandrika is Guest Faculty in the Department of Women Studies at Pondicherry University. Pradeepan Pampirikunnu is Senior Lecturer at Sree Sankarachary...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPOETRY:Poykayil Appachan: 'Songs'K.K. Govindan: 'The Killing Field'Kaviyoor Murali: 'The Gospel for Dalits'K.K.S. Das: 'My Soil', 'The Black Dance'Raghavan Atholi: 'Justice Cooked', 'Where Hunger is Sold'Sunny Kavikkadu: 'An Uncharted Map'G. Sasi Maduraveli: 'With Love', 'Mother'S. Joseph: 'Group Photo', 'Some Dark Spaces'Sivadas Purameri: 'Some Types of Fingers', 'A Leaky Room'M.R. Renukumar: 'The Silent Beast', 'The Poison Fruit'M.B. Manoj: 'Survey of India', 'Mothers', 'O Ant, O Paddystalk'Vijila: 'A Place for Me', 'I Can't Grow My Nails', 'The Autobiography of a Bitch'Binu M. Pallippad: 'Six Philosophers Unite to Expel Amavasi from the Play'S. Kalesh: 'Hairpin Bend', 'Siren', 'Not Because She Felt Like Weeping'SHORT FICTION:T.K.C. Vaduthala: 'Sweet-offering at Chankranthy'Paul Chirakkarode: 'Nostalgia'C. Ayyappan: 'Madness'P.A. Uthaman: 'The Story of a Sickle'P.K. Prakash: 'Luminous White'M.K. Madhukumar: 'Paalakkunnan's Journey'NOVEL (EXCERPTS)T.K.C. Vaduthala: 'When Shackles Break'D. Rajan: 'The Festival at Muthan Kavu'Paul Chirakkarode: 'The Pulaya Ghetto'P.A. Uthaman: 'The Death Wail'Raghavan Atholi: 'Legacy of Blood'DRAMA:A. Santhakuma: 'Dreamhunt'AUTOBIOGRAPHY:Kallen Pokkudan: 'Selections from My Life'BIOGRAPHY:Velayudhan Panikaseri: 'Excerpts from Ayyankali'K.T. Rejikumar: 'Poykayil Sreekumara Guru--A Historical Record (Exerpts)'T.H.P. Chentharassery: 'Pampadi John Joseph Formation of the Cheramar'Elikulam Jayakumar: 'Kallara Sukumaran'Taha Madayi: 'Adiyar Teacher'PROSE:Kaviyoor Murali: 'The Uncompromising Dalit Language'K.K. Kochu: 'Language and People'A. Soman: 'The Return of the Thampurans'Sunny M. Kapikkad: 'The Dalit Presence in Malayalam Literature'Sanal Mohan: 'Caste and Accumulation of Capital'K.K. Baburaj: 'Identity, Alienation, Expression: Dalit Writing in Kerala'Pradeepan Pampirikunnu: 'What did Literary Histories Say to You?'Lovely Stephen: 'The Issue of Self-liberation'Rekha Raj: 'Dalit Women and Political Empowerment'GlossaryCopyright AcknowledgementsList of Contributors