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AAR - A conversation with M. Alam
Sign in. Glamoured by modernist British Literature while a student in a high-colonial university in a small town in north India in the innocent s, I felt fortunate to get a scholarship to go to the UK and to write my doctoral thesis there on Virginia Woolf.
But the experience cured me, and I returned to India with the belated epiphany that English literature was not, and never could be, my literature. When my turn came to serve as the Head of the Department of English at the University of Delhi , I made it my one-point agenda to catalyse a radical reform of the syllabus through which we chopped off much British dead wood in order to make room for a literature in English not only from the UK and the USA but from all around the globe, and b literature in English translation not only from Europe but also from other parts of the world, especially India.
As a result, I can now spend a whole semester teaching a 1st century AD Sanskrit play, a 4th century Tamil epic, a Hindi poet from the 15 th century and an Urdu poet from the 19th, not to mention a couple of trenchantly postcolonial Hindi novels. In alternating semesters I still teach Shakespeare, just to keep my hand in, while in an M. This is a bed of roses of liberated postcolonial pedagogy and research that I myself helped to make, and it is gratifying to lie in it. Lectured to the M.
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Naipaul, Derek Walcott, J. Previously Secretary and Vice-Chair, One of six co-ordinators of a projected History of World Literature in 4 volumes. Calcutta: Papyrus ; new ed.