V. C. Sreejan
V. C. Sreejan is a literary critic writing in
Malayalam. Born in 1951, he retired in 2007 after working as Reader in English in Government Brennen College, Thalassery. He has published 11 books in Malayalam.
"Chinthayile Roopakangal", (1991) is a collection of articles on the role of metaphors in
philosophy, psychoanalysisand literary theory. It includes two introductory essays on Jacques Derrida.The last two essays discuss novels by O. V. Vijayanand M. T. Vasudevan Nair.
"Pravachakante Maranam", (
1993) includes an early piece on the absurd (1972), an essay on Bertolt Brecht's theatre, an introduction to Brecht's " Three Penny Novel", a study of Ambikasuthan Mangad's story and an essay on the politics of deconstruction.
"Kathayum Pratyayasastravum",(1993) contains an introduction to Western
Marxistliterary criticism, and an introduction to structuralism. It includes an essay on the Dhvanitheory which argues that Dhvani is the same as metaphorin the broad sense of the term, an essay on the ideological underpinnings of some short stories and essays on T. Padmanabhanand Paul Zacharia.
"Vaakkum Vaakkum", (
1996) is devoted to the reading of poemsby Vyloppillil Sreedhara Menon, P. Kunhiraman Nair, K. Ayyappa Panickerand Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan. The other works discussed include novels by O. V. Vijayan, V. M. Basheerand short stories by T. Padmanabhanand Zacharia.
1999) discusses the relevance of the classical Indian concepts of Dhvaniand Rasa. It begins with an analysis of the theory of metaphorand its relationship with the concepts of FreudianUnconscious and Marxianconcept of ideology.It is argued that in their classical form Dhvani and Rasa are not useful in reading modern texts.Rasa is rejected as such, and the Dhvani theory is given a more prosaic interpretation along the lines suggested by Mukulabhatta. Instead of reviving these theories, these are to be destroyed and a new concept can be created out of their ruins.
"Aadhunikotharam: Vimarsanavum Vikalanavum", (1999) is a closely argued resonse to some
Malayalamcritics and writers who maintain that Malayalam literaturehas already entered into its post-modern phase. With reference to the Western writers, it is argued that this claim is not true.
"Vimarsanatmaka siddhantam", (1999) is an expository book on the work of
2003) reads 12 Malayalam novels without using many critical tool borrowed from the west. Part of the text itself is taken as the model for reading and interpreting it. It brings out relays of meanings across the works. It reveals a current of non-religious spiritualityrunning through the works read.
2004) is a thoroughgoing criticism of Marxian philosophical concepts.
"Arthavadangal", (2006: Mathrubhumi Books, Kozhikode)contains essays on Death, Dhvani theory. Arthavadam, M. P. Paul and William Hudson, Appan Thampuran's "Bhutarayar", Venmani Mahan's "Pooraprabandham" etc.
"Rahukalam", (2007: Sign Books, Thiruvananthapuram) is a collection of essays on Joseph Muliyil's "Sukumari", Medieval Malayalam poetry, Asan's "Duravastha", N. Prabhakaran's "Bhutabhumi". Poetry of Rafeeq Ahmed and Cervantes' "Don Quixote"
Forthcoming:"Chinthayude Mayalokangal"(Kairali Books, Kannur)
Awarded C. B. Kumar Endowment in 2003 and Kerala sahithya Akademi Award for Literary Criticism in 2006, but declined them. Narendra Prasad Foudation Award for criticism in 2007.
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