CONTENTS:- Vol. 1: Literary Criticism. Vol. 2: Origins and Formation of the Classical Kavya. Vol. 3: Early Medieval Period: Sudraka to Visakhadatta. Vol. 4: The Ways of Originality: Bana to Damodara Gupta. Vol. 5: The Bold Style: Saktibhadra to Dhanapala. Vol. 6: The Art of Storytelling. Vol. 7: The Wheel of Time (2 parts). Vol. 8: The Performance of Kavya in the +14.
Indian Kavya Literature is planned in eight volumes as a comprehensive study of literature (kavya) in the literary criticism of that same tradition. Surprising as it may seem, Indian literature has not till now been presented from this obvious, natural and necessary point of view in any modern language, except in a limited and primarily bibliographical manner by Krishnamachariar in his history of Classical Sanskrit Literature (1937). Instead, Indian literature has been misrepresented and misjudged from a narrowly European, and therefore quite alien and unhelpful, standpoint in the modern works on it widely accepted as 'standard'. It is exceedingly odd that even several modern Indian writers have performed the feat of adopting this alienated and distant view, diminishing Indian culture in the midst of the struggle for Indian freedom from colonialism. The present work is intended to restore Indian literature to independence and to India, as a step towards that freedom from spiritual colonialism which India has yet to attain. But the method of presentation here involves no political discussions and is very simple and straightforward: the aim is the enjoyment of the literature as it was meant to be enjoyed.