Editors' Introduction: Bangladeshi Anglophone Literature: An Old and Evolving Tradition

Mohammad Quayum, Md Mahmudul Hasan

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The urge to express creatively in English among the people of what is now Bangladesh goes back to the days of their first encounter with the British on South Asian soil. However, since historically the Bangladeshis have had to grapple successively with different concepts of national identity, the distinctive tradition of Bangladeshi literature in English has not yet received the full critical attention it deserves. It has lagged behind its Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan counterparts in the region, which have thus far claimed precedence in literary history books and attracted considerable critical discussion, with India, no doubt, being well ahead of the rest both in creative and critical output.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBangladeshi Literature in English
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Anthology
EditorsMohammad A Quayum, Md. Mahmudul Hasan
Place of PublicationDhaka
PublisherAsiatic Society of Bangladesh
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789843506771
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • Bangladeshi
  • Anglophone
  • Literature
  • Evolving Tradition


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