Gender issues, now integral part of Indian English writing
Gender issues, now integral part of Indian English writing. The Department of English, Osmania University College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad,...
The Department of English, Osmania University College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad, organised a two-day national seminar on ‘Nation and Gender: Rethinking India’ on its premises between January 27 and 28.
Over 11 papers were presented as part of the proceedings which ended with a valedictory speech by Nirmala Sitaraman, national spokesperson of BJP and a concluding address by Prof. S Satyanarayana, Vice Chancellor, Osmania University.
Addressing a packed hall comprising college students, faculty of the college and invitees from other academic institutions, the VC admitted that “he was a layman, a chemistry professor to begin with and was not competent to talk about sensitive issues like nation and gender entirely”. He, however, took the opportunity to compliment the English department of the college for getting active and organising such a good seminar. During his brief, but pertinent address, the university head reflected on the glorious passage of English literature through the past decades and told the students that he was greatly inspired by the works of R K Narayan, Raja Rao, Mulk Raj Anand, etc.
Specifically tracing the return of Indian writing in English in recent times, Prof. Satyanarayana spoke about the European/Western influences which the Indian writers had in their writings, which gradually morphed into Indian English writing from the 70s. “The recent writings are more relevant to society with its focus on diverse themes like regionalism, gender and other social concerns,” he asserted.