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When Mirrors Are WindowsA View of A.K. Ramanujan's Poetics$
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Guillermo Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463602.001.0001

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Writing on A.K. Ramanujan

Writing on A.K. Ramanujan

The ‘Critical Scene’

(p.1) 1 Writing on A.K. Ramanujan
When Mirrors Are Windows

Guillermo Rodríguez

Oxford University Press

The opening chapter presents an overview of the writings on Ramanujan. It comprises both a typological and a chronological classification of critical texts, and provides an outline of critical approaches, followed by a brief description of the major works that probe into Ramanujan’s aesthetics and poetics. Although Ramanujan was an essayist, a translator, and a bilingual poet who worked from 1959 to 1993 at American universities and published poetry, translations, and essays on a variety of subjects, by far the largest part of the critical corpus on the author is dedicated to his poetry in English and was published in India. This asymmetrical situation is traced to the relevance of Ramanujan as one of the pioneers of modernism in Indian poetry in English, and to the growing critical output in general after the 1970s on post-Independence Indian poetry in English, produced mainly by Indian academics.

Keywords:   Indian literary criticism, modern Indian poetry in English, contemporary Indian literary history, poetry criticism, postcolonial Indian literature in English

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