Stephanian School of Literature
It can be called as a subgenre of Indian English literature but the validity of it is heavily debated among various critics. Brinda Bose's "Of Voids and Speculums; Or Where Is the Woman in the Text" is an essay that forcefully denies the existence of such a school of writing.
Many other authors and scholars have discussed this in detail in various essays. Some authors defend the spirit of Stephania and state it does not matter whether or not there is such a school of literature, while others tend to celebrate the college.
In an interview Amitav Ghosh comments on this topic:
The ethos of St. Stephen's were not at all artistic. Everyone had the IAS exams in their mind. But in a way many writers like Shashi Tharoor and Upamanyu Chatterjee came through that bureaucratic set-up. When I look back I find there is nothing really surprising about it. Because Stephen's had a lot of talented people who were also self-confident. Whenever there is some form of artistic outburst, there are links of this kind. Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel studied at San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and surrealist painter Salvador Dali. I think these connections do exist in the world of art and literature.
- Elite Aesthetics and the Rise of the Stephanian Novel
- "Of Voids and Speculums; Or Where Is the Woman in the Text", in The Fiction of St. Stephen's, by Brinda Bose
- At the Gates of St Stephens, by Lotta Strandberg, Muse India
- Stephenian School of Literature
- Is there a Stephanian School of Literature?
- Interview/Amitav Ghosh, Doon Online