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I am honoured that Professor Neelima Kanwar invited me to write a brief 'Foreword' to this new, exciting collection of essays on Australian literature by Australian and Indian critics. There is by now a long-standing , fine tradition of Indian engagement with Australian literature. One of my own earliest published essays appeared in the The Literary Criterion , edited in Mysore by one of the founding figures in this tradition, C. D. Narasimhaiah, a Special Australian Literature Number from 1980 (Vol. XV, nos 3 & 4). This collection of essays was itself a follow-up to an earlier special number on Australian literature published in the Literary Criterion in 1964 and released in Australia by the Jacaranda Press in 1965. Since that time many more Indian writers and critics have engaged with Australian literature, while a smaller number of Australian critics such as Paul Sharrad and Bill Ashcroft have maintained an ongoing interest in Australian-Indian critical perspectives over several decades. Collaborations such as the present volume have brought a new richness and diversity to 'Indo-Australian Perspectives'.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon Narratives of Estrangement and Belonging : Indo-Australian Perspectives Neelima Kanwar (editor), New Delhi : Authorspress , 2016 11563512 2016 anthology criticism

    'Literature of any nation cannot be studied in isolation. It must be read, studied, examined and evaluated with respect to socio-political and economic environment in which it breeds as well as the historical events which precede it. Australian literature today, too, exemplars this concept. For the Aboriginals it is self-representation that has allowed them to speak with their own voices their connection (belonging) and dis-connection (estrangement) with their land instead of being spoken about. The white settler writers struggle with the issues of conflict and contradiction between Britain and Australia and the extensive diaspora writers have traces of longing and belongings. The contemporary Australian literature, thus, reflects varied shades of living in Australia.

    'To understand this through nostalgia, memory, alienation and belonging remains a central concern in this volume.

    'This book makes a significant contribution to the field of Indo-Australian Studies so as to facilitate a better comprehension of Australian literature to Indian scholars and perceptions of Indian readers to Australian academics.' (Publication summary)

    New Delhi : Authorspress , 2016
    pg. 9-12
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