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ERIC Number: ED054141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Pages: 16
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The Indian Novel in English: A Search for Identity.
Rao, K. S. Narayana
The Indo-Anglian novelist seems to ask himself four questions: (1) For whom am I writing? (2) What should I write about? (3) Who am I? (4) What is the precise nature of my expression, the means of my communication? A country such as India, divided by some 16 languages has formidable problems of communication, and if one adds the problem of illiteracy, the plight of a professional Indian writer seeking a wide readership becomes readily apparent. In technique and structure, the Indian novel in English is not different from any other novel. It seems to be in search for the exact kind of linguistic expression that suits the Indian temper and pace of thinking and Indian rhythm of talking. In sum, the Indian novel in English is at a crossroads, and although undecided in some ways, it is clearly distinguished by its resolute will to go on, "to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." (CK)
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Identifiers: India
Note: Speech given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (60th, Atlanta, November 1970)