Monday, June 6, 2005

Indian Writings in English: Merely Gimmicky or Really New?

. . .How is newness to come into the world? In India, didn't all those who found fault with the innovations of, say, Salman Rushdie, or Arundhati Roy, or Raj Kamal Jha — didn't those readers and critics show similar impatience with what was new by finding it gimmicky or overwrought or incoherent? How were the detractors able to separate what is merely show-offish and self-indulgent from that which is unanticipated and truly brilliant?
How do we distinguish the merely gimmicky from the really new? asks Amitava Kumar

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