Name Me a Word Indian Writers Reflect on Writing Meena Alexander

Publication date:
28 Aug 2018
Yale University Press
440 pages: 235 x 156 x 22mm
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A wide-ranging anthology of twentieth-century and contemporary writing from India and the Indian diaspora, curated by a distinguished scholar and poet

Internationally renowned scholar, poet, and essayist Meena Alexander brings together leading twentieth- and twenty-first-century voices from India and the diaspora in this anthology. Contributors include English-language luminaries such as R. K. Narayan, Salman Rushdie, and Arundhati Roy and powerful writers in Indian languages such as U. R. Ananthamurthy, Mahasweta Devi, and Lalithambika Antherjanam. This book will make a thoughtful gift for poetry and fiction enthusiasts and fans of Indian literature, as well as an ideal volume for academics introducing writers from the subcontinent.

Meena Alexander, described in The Statesman (India) as “undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times,” is the recipient of the PEN Open Book Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other foundations. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

"Name Me a Word is an indispensable guide for readers of Indian writing, animating the powerful impulses of the country’s famous writers and introducing the multiple voices that have gone into the making of the most important literature of our time."--Simon Gikandi, Princeton University

“This ambitious collection conveys the astonishing and reflective literary vitality in modern India. Alexander guides the reader through this vast area with her well-written and illuminating headnotes for each writer in turn.”—Margery Sabin, Wellesley College