The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India: Volume II: Poetry and Essays
Covering almost 60 years (since early 1950s) of literary activity, this two-volume anthology includes fiction, poetry, and essays by some of the leading writers from North-East India, comprising the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Offering a judicious selection of writers from three generations of the post-Independence era, the state-wise arrangement allows a comparative analysis of the development of literature in the region. Alongside established practitioners, the anthology includes pioneering works that show a new awareness about the emerging social and intellectual concerns in the region.
This volume is divided into two sections. Arranged state-wise, Section I includes 85 poems by poets who initiated new trends in the modern poetry of the region. Section II includes 15 essays, which range from the philosophical to the analytical and the descriptive, and discuss the various aspects of literature and culture of the region. They deal with the literature and culture of particular ethnic or linguistic groups of the North-East, along with studies that reflect on the different dimensions of the multi-ethnic and multilingual cultures of the region. Including some new translations commissioned especially for the project, the volume comes with a comprehensive Introduction by Tilottoma Misra that traces the roots of the literature of the North-East.
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Tilottoma Misra was formerly Professor, Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Assam. Her published works include Literature and Society in Assam: A Study of the Assamese Renaissance 1826-1926 (1987), two novels Swarnalata (1991) and Louhitya Sindhu (1997), and Ramnabami-Natak: The Story of Ram and Nabami (OUP 2007).
- POETRY / Arunachal Pradesh: Mamang Dai, 'The Voice of the Mountain', 'The Sorrow of Women', and 'An Obscure Place' / Assam: Navakanta Barua, 'Judas', 'Bats', and 'Silt'
- Nilmani Phookan, 'Poem', 'After a Couple of Days', and 'Mating Music'
- Hiren Bhattacharya, 'The Lone Prayer for Poetry' and 'The Earth my Poem'
- Rupanjali Barua, 'Sylvan Song' and 'Let there be Crop'
- Harekrishna Deka, 'Another One', 'A Word for Love', and 'Towards Freedom'
- Nilim Kumar, 'I had Nothing to Offer' and 'To My Son'
- Sameer Tanti, 'The Night of Kadams in Bloom' and 'As the Night Thickens the Stars Nod off'
- Anubhav Tulasi, 'Prodigal' and 'The Infernal Playground'
- Jiban Narah, 'Rhythm', 'Colours', 'Mother', and 'The Subaltern'
- Shaktipada Brahmachari, 'One Birth of Love, Another of Household Duties' and 'Assassin, Turn Horse'
- Anupama Basumatari, 'Snail'
- Aruni Kashyap, 'Journeys' and 'Me' / Manipur: R.K. Bhubonsana, 'Should Light be Put Out or Mind Kept in the Dark', 'The Smell of Pomegranate' and 'E-nga'
- Robin S. Ngangom, 'Poetry', 'Gangtok, February 1998', 'The First Rain', and 'Everywhere I Go'
- Yumlembam Ibomicha, 'For the Next Birth'
- Sarat Chandra Thiyyam, 'Shillong', 'Hillword', 'Hill' and 'Pokhran, Kargil, Gaisal'
- Gambhini Devi Hansapadika, 'A Village Girl'
- Memchoubi, 'Red Chingthrao' and 'The Goddess of Lightning'
- Thangjam Ibopishak, 'I Want to be Killed by an Indian Bullet' and 'Gandhi and Robot' / Meghalaya: S. Desmond Kharmawphlang, 'Letter from Pahambir', 'Poems during November', 'The Conquest'
- Esther Syiem, 'Retelling Nam's Tale'
- Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih, 'The Colours of Truth', 'The Ancient Rocks of Cherra', 'A Day in Sohra', and 'A Farewell Letter of Cherries' / Mizoram: Thanseia Mona Zote, 'What Poetry Means to Ernestina in Peril' and 'Girl with Black Guitar and Blue Hibiscus'
- Cherrie L. Chhangte, 'Rain', Night', 'Plea', and 'What does an Indian Look Like'
- Lalrinmawii Khiangte, 'Betrayal' and 'For a Better Tomorrow'
- L. Biakliana, 'Cry of Mizo Women' and 'True Love' / Nagaland: Temsula Ao, 'Blood of Others', 'The Old Story Teller', and 'The Spear'
- Easterine Iralu, 'Genesis'
- Monalisa Changkija, 'Mist over Brahmaputra', 'One of these Decades', and 'Shoot'
- Nini Lungalang, 'Mirror', 'I will be', and 'Rock' / Tripura: Chandrakanta Murasingh, 'O Poor Hachurai' and 'Of a Minister'
- Saroj Chowdhuri and Udayan Ghosh, 'The Python's Call from the Deserted Tong' and 'Your Dreams'
- Pijush Rout, 'Feelings' and 'Picnic'
- Bijoy Kumar Debbarma, 'Ekalavya of the Longtarai'
- Jogmaya Chakma, 'The Martyr's Altar'
- Narendra Debbarma, 'The Border'
- ESSAYS AND STUDIES / Mrinal Miri, 'The Spiritual and the Moral'
- Birendranath Datta, 'The Distinctive Character of the Socio-cultural Milieu of North-East India'
- Esther Syiem, 'Social Identity and the Liminal Character of the Folk: A Study in the Khasi Context'
- Thingnam Kishan, 'Encounters and Literary Engagements: A Critique of History and Literature in Manipur'
- Sanjoy Hazarika, 'There are No Shangri-Las Left'
- Udayon Misra, 'Peasant Consciousness in Assamese Folk-literature; A Study of Two Ballads'
- Moushumi Kondoli, 'A Metaphor and Some Young Turks'
- T. Bijoykumar Singh, 'Kurukshetragi Peerang: Ratan Thiyam's Gift to Mothers'
- Margaret Zama, 'Mizo Literature : An Overview'
- Tilottoma Misra, 'Crossing Linguistic Boundaries: Two Arunachali Writers in Search of Readers'
- Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte, 'Loneliness in the Midst of Curfews: The Mizo Insurgency Movement and Terror Lore'
- Sukalpa Bhattacharjee, 'Sylheti Narratives : Memory to Identity'
- Charles Chasie, 'A Naga View of Life'
- Easterine Iralu, 'Should Writers Stay in Prison?'
- Chandrakanta Murasingh, 'Kokborok: Her People and her Past'
- Patricia Mukhim, 'Land Ownership among the Khasis of Meghalaya: A Gender Perspective'
- Robin S. Ngangom, 'Contemporary Manipuri Poetry: An Overview'
- Notes on Contributors
- Copyright Statement
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