English Studies in India: Reviewing Borders, Remapping the Terrain

  • Banibrata Mahanta
  • Rajesh Babu Sharma


Seventy years after the independence of India, as the tides of postcolonialism ebb, as debates on nativism have matured and as English is claiming its own ground without being tethered to its colonial past, it is perhaps an opportune time to initiate a discussion on English studies from fresh perspectives. This chapter, the introductory one to the volume, attempts to chart the history, ideological motivations, contemporary concerns and future directions of English studies in India. In the first part, the entire spectrum of English studies is re-presented – its colonial past, the present scenario and the challenges that it is now faced with. The uneven, diffuse terrain and the blurred borders of the discipline are discussed and debated with a view to redefine the trajectory of English studies in the present Indian context. The second part of the chapter has critical glosses on the contributions to the volume and aims to acquaint the reader with issues that the volume takes up for discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Banibrata Mahanta
    • 1
  • Rajesh Babu Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Department of English and Modern European LanguagesUniversity of LucknowLucknowIndia

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