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Twentieth Century Indian and Dalit Literature

Guest Lecture on ‘Twentieth Century Indian and Dalit Literature’ by Prof (Dr) Raj Kumar Singh

School of Humanities organized a guest lecture by Prof (Dr) Raj Kumar on ‘Twentieth Century Indian and Dalit Literature’ on 4 April, 2018. Dr. Raj Kumar is a Professor in the Department of English, Delhi University. His research areas include autobiographical studies, Dalit literature, Indian writing in English, Odia literature and post-colonial studies. He has been a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla in 1999 and has published in various national and international journals. He has also translated literary texts from Indian languages, especially Odia into English. His book, Dalit Personal Narratives: Reading Caste, Nation and Identity has been published by Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi in 2010 and got reprinted in 2011, 2015 and 2017. His English translation of AkhilaNaik’sBheda, the first Odia Dalit novel is published by Oxford University Press, Delhi in 2017.

The students of School of Humanities and School of Education attended the lecture in large number. Prof (Dr.) Kumar explained the themes of Twentieth Century Indian Literature emphasizing on the themes and the origin of Indian Classical Literature. While explaining the term Dalit he explained the etymology of the word giving a brief history of the origin of Dalit literature and famous works on Dalit literature.

The students had a session which gave them an insight into Dalit literature and the evolution of Indian Literature. The session was conducted by Ms. ShaliniPallavi and coordinated by Ms. Sapna Sharma and Ms. Mouli Chowdhury.