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Sudheer C. Hajela


It gives me an immense pleasure to release a commemorative volume on the Birth Centenary Year of Prof C D Narasimhaiah, who was a teacher par excellence, and a critic who was a crusader in his own way to popularise American literature, Commonwealth Literature and Indian writing in English in his long chequered career as a scholar and administrator. Popularly known as CDN, he not only shaped the lives of his numerous students but struggled hard to create an environment in academic circles in India where English studies took a solid footing by evolving an Indian critical sensibility and criterion. Besides his several books and seminar papers in which he enthusiastically advocated an Indian approach to evaluate English studies, his greatest contribution lies in launching a critical journal The Literary Criterion in 1952, and the founding of a research centre Dhvanyaloka at Mysore to popularise indigenous literature and critically evaluating all literatures in English with an Indian perspective.

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