The Indian Subcontinent in Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Books (Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature)
The first work of its kind, this bibliography examinesliterature for young people concerning the Indian subcontinent andassociated areas: Bangladesh; the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan,Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet; India; Pakistan; and Sri Lanka. MeenaKhorana presents the dual perspective of authors native to theregion as well as non-native authors, mainly western, and her bookreflects the rich folklore and traditional culture of thesubcontinent, its checkered history of civilizations andcolonizations, and post-independence efforts to foster pride intraditions and stimulate confidence for facing modern challenges.An extensive introductory essay traces the development ofchildren's literature in the region since 1947 in the context ofhistorical, political, social, and economic influences and reviewsthe major themes and trends in western children's literature aboutthe subcontinent.Included are all available pertinent books written in ortranslated into English for preschool to twelfth-grade students.The more than 900 entries are organized into five chaptersaccording to country or subregion, and each chapter is subdividedby genre: traditional literature, fiction (historical, realistic,and fantasy), poetry, drama, biography and autobiography, andinformational books. Further access is afforded by indexes ofauthors, illustrators, titles, and subjects. The annotationsprovide plot summary, thematic analysis, and literary criteria,Khorana also considers a work's sensitivity to multicultural andinternational issues. Every source was personally read by theauthor, whose goal was to offer a reference guide to this materialfor teachers, scholars, librarians, and students.