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Here are some reading lists for the students on Literary Theory and Criticism, Indian Literature and Translation Studies 


Some Anthologies for Literary Theory


1)      Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (eds). The Post-colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995

2)      Das and Mohanty, ed. Literary Criticism, A Reading, OUP, 1985

3)      David Lodge with Nigel Wood, ed. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader, Second Edition,  New Delhi: Pearson Education Pvt Ltd., ( Fourth Reprint) 2005

4)       David Lodge, ed. Twentieth Century Literary Criticism: A Reader. London and New York: Longman, 1972

5)      John Storey. Ed. What is Cultural Studies? A Reader. London: Arnold, 1996.

6)      Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan, eds.  Literary Theory: An AnthologyOxford: Basil Blackwell, 1998; India reprint 2002 is distributed by Atlantic Publishers and Distributors

7)      K M Newton, Twentieth Century Literary Theory: A Reader,  Houndmills etc: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1997

8)      Padmini Mongia ed. Contemporary Post Colonial Theory: A Reader. New Delhi: Oxford UP, 1997

9)      Paul Bowman, ed. Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice. London/Sterling, VI: Pluto Press, 2003.

10)   Peter Collier and Helga Geyer-Ryan. Ed.  Literary Theory TodayCambridge: Polity, 1990

11)   Raman Selden, ed. The Theory of Criticism: From Plato to the Present. London and New York: Longman, 1988.

12)   Simon During, ed.  The Cultural Studies Reader. Second Edition. London/New York: Routledge, 1999.

13)   Vincent B. Leitch et. Al. ed. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, London and NY: WW Norton and Co, 2001

14)   VS Seturaman, ed. Contemporary Criticism: An Anthology, Macmillan, 1989

15)   VS Seturaman, ed. Indian Aesthetics: An Introduction, Chennai: Macmillan India Ltd., 1992

Some Important Books on Literary Theory


1.                   Aijaz Ahmad. In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures. Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1992.

2.                   Anthony Easthope, Poetry as Discourse. London and New York: Methuen & Co., 1983

3.                   Anthony Easthope, Literary into Cultural Studies. London/New York: Routledge, 1991.

4.                  Catherine Belsey, and Jane Moore, eds.  The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism 

5.                   David Daiches, Critical Approaches to Literature, second edition, OL, 1989

6.                   Derek Attridge ed. Acts of Literature, Jacques Derrida, N.Y, London, Routledge, 1992

7.                   Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, London, 1991

8.                   Guerin et al, ed.  A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, Fourth Ed., Oxford University Press, 1999

9.                   Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry, OUP, New York, 1973

10.               Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and the Schools of the Ages, Harcourt Brace and Co., New York, 1994

11.               Jean-Francois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Manchester, 1984

12.               John Brannigan. New Historicism and Cultural Materialism. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS, and London: Macmillan Press Ltd.1998

13.               Jonathan Culler, Framing the Sign: Criticism, its Institutions. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988

14.               ____________, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, OUP, 1997

15.               ____________, Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1975

16.         ______________, The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd., 1981

17.         Northrop Frye. The Anatomy of Criticism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957

18.               MH Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, seventh ed., Harcourt India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2000

19.               Paul de Man, Blindness and Insight: Essays in the Rhetoric of Contemporary Criticism, London: OUP, 1971

20.               ___________ Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979

21.               Rene Wellek and Austin Warren, Theory of Literature, Penguin Books, 1963

22.               Richard Appignanesi and Chris Garrat et. Al, Introducing Postmodernism, Icon Books, UK, 1995

23.               Susan Bassnett, Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA: Blackwell, 1993

24.               Wimsatt Jr. and Brooks, Literary Criticism: A Short History, Oxford and IBH Publishing Co. 1957




1.       Amit Chaudhuri, ed., The Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature, Picador, 2001 Amiya Dev, ed. Narrative: A Seminar, New Delhi: Sahitya Academi,1994

2.       Arjun Dangle. Ed. Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature, OL, Hyderabad, 1992

3.       Amiya Dev, ed. Narrative: A Seminar, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi,1994

4.       Anuradha Dingwaney and Carol Maier.(eds.)  Between Languages and Cultures: Translation and Cross-Cultural Texts. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 1996

5.       Arvind Krishna Mehrotra ed. The Oxford Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets, Delhi, OUP, 1992

6.       ___________ Ed.  An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English, Permanent Black, Delhi,2002

7.       Bruce King, Modern Indian Poetry in English, Revised Edition Delhi, OUP, 2001

8.       __________, Three Indian Poets: Nissim Ezekiel, A K Ramanujan, Dom Moraes. Delhi: Oxford University Press

9.       EV Ramakrishnan ed. The Tree of Tongues   An Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Rashtrapati Nivas, Summer Hill, Shimla-171005.

10.   ______________ Making it New: Modernism in Malayalam, Marathi and Hindi Poetry, Shimla, 1995

11.   _______________ed. The Tree of Tongues: An Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla-171005.

12.   ______________ed.  Modern Indian Short Stories (1900-2000) New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 2005

13.   _______________ed. Narrating India: The Novel in Search of a Nation, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1992

14.   G.N. Devy.   In Another Tongue: Essays on Indian English Literature. Madras: Macmillan India, 1993.

15.   __________ Of Many Heroes: An Indian Essay in Literary Historiography. Mumbai: Orient Longman, 1998.

16.   ___________,  After Amnesia: Tradition and Change in Indian Literary Criticism, Orient Longman, 1992

17.   ____________ed. Indian Literary Criticism : Theory and Interpretation, New Delhi, Orient Longman, 2002

18.   ______________ ed. Painted Words: An Anthology of Tribal Literature. Penguin, 2002

19.   Kapil Kapoor, Literary Theory: Indian Conceptual Framework, Affliated East West Press Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 1998

20.   K.M. George et. Al. ed. Modern Indian Literature , Three volumes, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 1992

21.   ____________________ Comparative Indian Literature. New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 1984


22.   K Satchidanandan ed. Signatures: One Hundred Indian Poets, New Delhi.National Book Trust, 2000

23.   _____________ ed., Indian Poetry: Modernism and After, Sahitya Akademi, 2001

24.   ______________ Indian Literature: Positions and Propositions. Delhi: Pencraft International, 1999

25.   Makarand Paranjape ed. In Diaspora: Theories, Histories, Texts, Indialog Publications, 2001

26.   ________________ Towards a Poetics of the Indian English Novel, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, 2000

27.   ________________  Nativism: Essays in Criticism, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1997

28.   Meenakshi Mukherjee,   Realism and Reality: The Novel and Society in India, Delhi, OUP, 1985

29.   __________________, The Twice Born Fiction:  Themes and Techniques of the Indian Novel in English, rev.  ed.  1974

30.    _________________ The Perishable Empire: Essays in Indian Writing in English, OUP, 2002

31.   MK Naik & Shyamala Narayan, Indian English Literature1 980-2000, A Critical Survey, New Delhi: Pencraft, 2004

32.   Mohan Lal et al. eds. Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Vol I to V, New Delhi. Sahitya Akademi. 1992

33.   Mulk Raj Anand and Eleanor Zelliot eds., An Anthology of Dalit Literature, New Delhi, Gyan Publishing House, 1992

34.   Nalini Natarajan, Emmanuel Sampath Nelson. Ed. Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996

35.   Prabhakar Machwe. Modernity and Contemporary Indian Literature. Delhi. Chetana Publications, 1978

36.   ________________ Four decades of Indian literature: a Critical Evaluation . Delhi. Chetana Publications,  1976

37.   Ranjit Hoskote ed. Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets. Viking/Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2002.

38.   Rukmini Bhaya Nair, ed. Translation, Text & Theory: The Paradigm of India. Sage Publications, 2002

39.   Ruth Vanita, `Queering India: Same Sex Love and Eroticism in Indian Society and Culture’ , Routledge, 2002

40.   Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West ed. The Vintage Book of Indian Writing (1947-1997). London: Vintage, 1997.

41.   Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands. Essays and Criticisms (1981-1991). London: Granta, 1991.

42.   Sharankumar Limbale, ` Towards an Aesthetic of Dalit Literature: History, Controversies and Considerations’, Orient Longman, 2004

43.   Sisir Kumar Das, A History of  Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2006

44.   Sudhir Kakar ` The Inner World: A Psycho-Analytic Study of Childhood and Society in India , Orient Longman,

45.   Sujit Mukherjee, Towards a Literary History of India, Shimla: IIAS, 1975  

46.   _____________Translation as Discovery and Other Essays on Indian Literature in English Translation. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1994

47.   _____________ A Dictionary of Indian Literature: Beginnings to 1850. Orient Longman, 1998

48.   ____________Translation as Recovery, Pencraft International, Delhi,2004

49.   Susan Bassnett and Harish Trivedi. Ed. Post-Colonial Translation: Theory and Practice. London and NY: Routledge, 1999

50.   Susie Tharu and K Lalita, ed., Women Writing in India, 2 Vols. New Delhi, OUP, 1993

51.   Tabish Khair. Babu Fictions: Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels Babu Fictions:     Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels. OUP, 2005

52.   Tejaswini Niranjana, Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1999

53.   Umashanker Joshi, ` The Idea of Indian Literature’, New Delhi. Sahitya Akademi, 1990

54.   Vinay Dharwadkar and AK Ramanujan ed., the Oxford Anthology of Modern Indian Poetry, OUP, 1994

55.   William Walsh, Indian Literature in English, London: Longman, 1990.

56.   William Radice, Poetry and Community: Lectures and Essays 1991-2001, Chronicle Books, Orient Longman, 2001


1. Baker, Mona(ed.), Routledge Encyclopaedia of Translation Studies (London: Routledge, 1998).

2.       Bassnett, Susan.  Translation Studies. London and NY: Methuen, 1980.

3.       Bassnett, Susan and Harish Trivedi. Post-Colonial Translation: Theory and Practice. London and NY: Routledge, 1999.

4.       Bell, Roger. Translation and Translating: Theory and Practice. London and New York: Longman, 1991.

5.       Booth, A.D. et al. (eds.) Aspects of Translation. Secker and Waarburg : London, 1958

6.       Brower, R.A.  (ed.) On Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.1966

7.       Catford, J.C.A Linguistic Theory of Translation: An Essay in Applied Linguistics. London: Oxford University Press, 1965.

8.       Dingwaney, Anuradha and Carol Maier.(eds.)  Between Languages and Cultures: Translation and Cross-Cultural Texts. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 1996

9.       Hermans, Theo.(ed.).  The Manipulation of Literature: Studies in Literary Translation. New York: St.Martin's Press, 1985.

10.   Holmes, James S. (ed.), The Nature of Translation: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Literary Translation (The Hague: Mouton, 1970).

11.   Hatim, B, and I Mason (1990): Discourse and the Translator London: Longman

12.   Munday, Jeremy (2001): Introducing Translation Studies. Theories and Applications. London: Routledge

13.   Kelly, L.G. The True Interpreter. Oxford: Blackwell. 1979

14.   Lefevere, Andre `Essays in Comparative Literature: A Systems Approach. Calcutta: Papyrus,   1988

15.   ____________ (ed. and trans.), Translation/History/Culture: A Sourcebook (London: Routledge, 1992).

16.   _____________ Translating Poetry: Seven Strategies and a Blueprint (Assen: Van Gorcum, 1975)

17.   Mukherjee, Sujit. Translation as Discovery and Other Essays on Indian Literature in English Translation. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1994

18.   Mukherjee, Tutun.(ed.). Translation from Periphery to Centrestage. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 199

19.   Nair, Rukmini Bhaya, (ed.) Translation, Text & Theory: The Paradigm of India, IIT, New Delhi, 200

20.   Newmark, Peter. Approaches to Translation. Oxford. Pergamon.1982

21.   Nida, E A (1964): Towards a Science of Translating Leiden: Brill

22.   ________ and C. Taber.  The Theory and Practice of Translation. Leyden, Brill.1974

23.   Niranjana, Tejaswini. Siting Translation: History, Post-Structuralism, and the Colonial Context. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 1995

24.   Ramakrishna, S (ed.).  Translation and Multilingualism. PostColonial Contexts, Delhi: Pencraft International, 19

25.   Schulte, R and Biguenet. J. (eds.) Theories of Translation: An anthology of Essays from Dryden to Derrida. Chicago, University of Chicago, 1992.


26.   ___________ & Paul St. Pierre, (ed.) Changing the Terms: Translating in the Post Colonial Era, Orient Longman, 2002

27.   Simon, Sherry, Gender in Translation: Cultural Identity and the Politics of Transmission (London: Routledge, 1996).

28.   Singh, A.K. (ed.).  Translation: Its theory and Practice. New Delhi: Creative Books, 1996

29.   Snell-Hornby, Mary (1988): Translation Studies: An Integrated Approach Amsterdam:

30.   Steiner, G. After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1975

31.   Talgeri, P and Verma.  S.B.  Literature in Translation from Cultural Transference to Metonymic Displacement. Mumbai: Popular Prakashan, 1988.

32.   Toury, G. In Search of a Theory of Translation. Tel Aviv: Porter Institute for Semiotics and Poetics, 1980.

33.   Venuti, L. The Translator's Invisibility: A history of translation. London and New York: Routledge, 1995

34.   _______  _(ed.) The Translation Studies Reader, Routledge, 2000

35.  Weissbort, Daniel  and  Ástráður Eysteinsson. Ed. Translation: theory and practice : a historical reader. Oxford University Press, 2006

36.   UNESCO, Scientific & Technical Translation and Other Aspects of the Language Problem (Geneva: UNESCO)

37.   Chan Sin-wai, Translation and Information Technology, The Chinese University Press, 2003

38.   Hutchins, W. John; and Harold L. Somers (1992). An Introduction to Machine Translation. London: Academic Press.