Nepali Literature

Nepali Literature

Open access publications

Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.;brand=ucpress


Book review by Abhi Subedi here




‘A hero or a traitor?  The Gurkha soldier in Nepali literature’ South Asia Research 9.1 (1989): 21-32

‘Samkalin Sahitya and the democraticisation of Nepali literature’ European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 5 (1993): 32-34.

‘Creative literature: who speaks for the Himalaya?’ Himal, May/June 1993: 5-9.

‘Looking for Shangri-la, from Hilton to Lamicchane’ in T. Selwyn (ed.) The Tourist Image.  Myths and Myth Making in Tourism. Chichester, New York etc.: Wiley and Sons, 1996, pp. 49-60. pdf here

‘Readers, writers, and the sharing of consciousness: five Nepali novels’ Himalaya 34.2 (2014): 18-30.

‘A voice from the past speaking to the present: why Devkota’s English essays are still relevant.’ Record Nepal, 7 March 2018.


Nepali: A National Language and its Literature. New Delhi and London: SOAS and Sterling Publishers, 1988.






The Life of Bhupi Sherchan. Poetry and Politics in Post-Rana Nepal. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Available from Amazon here

Book review by Manjushree Thapa here




Eloquent Hills: Essays on Nepali Literature. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari, 2012.

Book review by Khagendra Acharya here





Other articles and book chapters

‘Letter from Kathmandu’ P.N.Review 15.5 (1989): 12-13.

Ed. Modern Nepali Literature edition of Journal of South Asian Literature 29. 1 (1994).

‘The poetry of Mohan Koirala’ Journal of South Asian Literature 29.1 (1994): 155-74.

‘Nepal’ in S. Weightman (ed.) Traveller’s Literary Companion. Indian Subcontinent.  London: In Print, 1996, pp. 329-57.

‘Nepali seed, Nepali grain: Devkota’s Muna-Madan’ in R. Snell and I.M.P. Raeside (eds) Classics of Modern South Asian Literature. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1998, pp. 31-47.

‘Going to Mugalan: Nepali literary representations of migration to India and Bhutan’  South Asia Research  18: 2 (1998): 195-214.

‘Bhutan’, ‘Nepal’ and ‘Rup Chand Bista’ in Derek Jones (ed.) Censorship: a World Encyclopedia.  London and Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Vol 1, pp. 225-6, Vol. 1, pp. 246-7, Vol. 3, pp.1689-90.

‘Reading Sumnima’ in Marie Lecomte-Tilouine and Pascale Dolfus (eds.) Ethnic Revival and Religious Turmoil: Identities and Representations in the Himalayas.  Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp.23-38.

‘Bhupi Sherchan: from schoolboy to sarvahara’ Studies in Nepali History and Society 12.1 (2007): 1-24.