© 2016

South-Asian Fiction in English

Contemporary Transformations

  • Alex Tickell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alex Tickell
    Pages 1-17
  3. Regional Formations

  4. Contemporary Transformations

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-279

About this book


This collection offers an essential, structured survey of contemporary fictions of South Asia in English, and includes specially commissioned chapters on each of the national traditions of the region. It covers less well known writings from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as the more firmly established canon of contemporary Indian literature, and features chapters on important new and emergent forms such as the graphic novel, genre fiction and the short story. It also contextualizes some key ‘transformative’ aspects of recent fiction such as border and diaspora identities; new middle-class narratives and popular genres; and literary response to terror and conflict. Edited and designed with researchers and students in mind, the book updates existing criticism and represents a readable guide to a dynamic, rapidly changing area of global literature.


India Pakistan Bangladesh Sri Lanka Fiction Novel Short story Graphic novel Contemporary fiction Publishing Literature Adiga Aslam Waheed Hanif Hamid Sinha Kapur Roy Anam

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Tickell
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

About the editors

Alex Tickell is Senior Lecturer in English at The Open University, UK, and Director of the Postcolonial Literatures Research Group. He has published widely on contemporary South-Asian fiction and literary history and is the editor of The Oxford History of the Novel in English (Volume 10): The Novel in South and South-East Asia.

Bibliographic information


“This volume eloquently delineates the polyvalent cultural imaginaries of South Asian fiction in English. Scrutinizing the multidimensional ramifications of the region’s contemporary transformations via an eclectic range of national, transregional and cross-border concerns, it crucially expands the disciplinary boundaries of postcolonial studies and world literature.” (Esha Sil, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, July, 2017)

“The volume offers genuinely new perspectives on writers, texts and regions that have tended to be overlooked in academic criticism. … This is a timely volume, in fact, which makes an important contribution to the field of South Asian literary studies.” (Wasafiri, Vol. 33 (3), September, 2018)