From Literature to Culture: Selected Writings on Nepalese Studies, 1980-2010
Kamal P. Malla
2015, pp. xiv + 588
ISBN: 978 9937 597 21 0
Spanning a period of over 40 years, this collection of essays serves to portray the intellectual depth and evolution of renowned Nepali scholar Kamal P. Malla. Beginning his career as a teacher of linguistics, Professor Malla ventured into the field of cultural history and eventually also engaged with the latter-day concerns of identity politics. Delving into subjects as varied as the state of English education in Nepal to the history of mediaeval Nepal, his writings included in this book provide a window into the concerns of Kathmandu’s small but intensely engaged academia of the 1970s and the 80s. This collection of essays re-introduces the reader to the prolific and diverse output of one of Nepal’s best-read scholars and finest minds of the second half of the 20th century who was also one never to shirk from expressing his innermost beliefs. A public intellectual with both wide learning and a willingness to speak out, Professor Malla’s writings will educate us far into the future.
Kamal P. Malla retired as Professor of English from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He received his early education in Nepal and completed his further studies in the United Kingdom, earning a PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh in 1974. Between 1977 and 1979, he served as the Rector of Tribhuvan University, and in 1980-1982 led the Linguistic Society of Nepal as its Founding President. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Scandinavian Institute for Asian Studies and at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his major publications are A Dictionary of Classical Newari (1989, Chief Editor), which was awarded the Nikkie Asia Award for Culture in 2001; Nepal: Perspectives on Continuity and Change (1989, Editor); The Gopalarajavamsavali: A Facsimile Edition (1984, Co-editor); The Road to Nowhere: A Selection of Writings (1978, reprinted 2015); and Nepal in Perspective (1973, Co-editor).