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Dilemmas of Indian literary criticism

Print edition : March 21, 2014

T.S. Eliot. Philip Sydney and Matthew Arnold had held sway for some time in liberal Indian criticism; later they were replaced by Eliot and I.A. Richards. Photo: The Hindu Archives

K. Ayyappa Paniker. He tried to apply the "tinai" theory to Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's novel "Kayar", while V.J. Sebastian did the same to a series of contemporary poems and S. Carlos (Tamilavan) also tried to extend and apply the theory to modern texts in Tamil. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Critics such as Shamsur Rahman Faruqi often depend on modern Western theories, taking care though to adapt them to the needs of Urdu with insights from Arabic, Persian and Urdu poetics as in Faruqui's classic study of the great poet Mir Taqi Mir. Photo: PTI

Critics such as Gopichand Narang often depend on modern Western theories, taking care though to adapt them to the needs of Urdu with insights from Arabic, Persian and Urdu poetics as in Shamsur Rahman Faruqui's classic study of the great poet Mir Taqi Mir. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Octavio Paz. He said of Latin America that Marxist concepts and terms had become natural components of social and literary discourse. Photo: The Hindu Archives

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