A new book titled Indian Literatures in Diaspora edited by Dr Sireesha Telugu, faculty in the Department of English, University of Hyderabad has been published by Routledge from London and New York.
This book analyses diasporic literatures written in Indian languages written by authors living outside their homeland and contextualize the understanding of migration and migrant identities.
Examining diasporic literature produced in Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Indian Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Marathi, and Tamil, the book argues that writers in the diaspora who choose to write in their vernacular languages attempt to retain their native language, for they believe that the loss of the language would lead to the loss of their culture. The author answers seminal questions including: How are these writers different from mainstream Indian writers who write in English? Themes and issues that could be compared to or contrasted with the diasporic literatures written in English are also explored.
The book offers a significant examination of the nature and dynamics of the multilingual Indian society and culture, and its global readership. It is the first book on Indian diasporic literature in Indian and transnational languages, and a pioneering contribution to the field. The book will be of interest to academics in the field of South Asian Studies, South Asian literature, Asian literature, diaspora and literary studies.
Dr. Sireesha teaches in the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. Her research interests include Indian Diaspora and Literature, South Asian Diaspora, American Literature, and Indian Writing in English. She is the author of Diasporic Indian Women Writers: Quest for Identity in their Short Stories (2009).