19 June, 2021

Introduction

This book is an attempt to claim the status of "literature" for a huge body of writing that has rarely if ever made it into an academic library

Introduction
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Mad scientists, hard-boiled detectives, sensuous starlets, murderous robots, vengeful goddesses, saucy heroines—these are some of the staples of Tamil pulp fiction, a wonderfully vibrant genre of popular literature. Accessibly priced, and with irresistibly lurid covers, Tamil pulp fiction titles have a huge and avid readership, and sell briskly at tea stalls and railway platforms. The collection in this anthology, translated into English for the first time, is a superb introduction to the genre. Read the two stories in our extract—Hurricane Vaij by Subha, and Idhaya 2020 by Rajesh Kumar—and you too will surely be hooked.

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This book is an attempt to claim the status of "literature" for a huge body of writing that has rarely if ever made it into an academic library, despite having been produced for nearly a century. While a good deal of Tamil fiction has been rendered in English, it has primarily been members of the literati who have enjoyed this distinction. Even the recent translations of more...
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