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Name  Ramanlal Joshi

Role  Literary critic
Died  September 10, 2006, Ahmedabad


Ramanlal Jethalal Joshi (Gujarati: રમણલાલ જેઠાલાલ જોશી; 22 May 1926–10 September 2006) was Gujarati language literary critic and editor from India. He studied and later taught at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. He served at several literary and educational institutions. He edited, authored and published criticism in more than forty-two books. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi award in 1984.



Ramanlal was born on 22 May 1926 in Heerpura near Vijapur in north Gujarat to Jethalal and Maniben. He completed primary education from Vadnagar, and secondary education from Pilvai in north Gujarat. He completed Bachelor of Arts in 1950 and Master of Arts in 1954. He was a research fellow at School of Languages, Gujarat University from 1954 to 1959. He taught at H. A. Arts College from 1959 to 1962. He completed PhD under Umashankar Joshi in 1962 from Gujarat University and joined it as a professor. In 1986, he retired from the post of Director of School of Languages and Literature, Gujarat University. He served as the president of Gujarat State Sahitya Akademi from 1986 to 1987. He also served as the vice president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad from 1984 to 1988. He was a member of General Council of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi from 1983 to 1987. He was the Emeritus Fellow of University Grant Commission from 1988 to 1998. He was also adviser of Gujarati for Encyclopedia of Indian Literature. He was a founder editor of literary magazine, Uddesh. He died on 10 September 2006 at Ahmedabad .


His five decades works of criticism, research and editing are published in 42 books. His works of criticism are Govardhanram: Ek Adhyayan (1963), Abhipsa (1968), Pariman (1969), Shabdasetu (1970), Pratyaya (1970), Samantar (1976), Bharatiya Naval Katha (1974), Vuniyog (1977), Vivechanni Prakriya (1981), Pragnyamurti Govardhanram (1986), Nishpatti (1988), Parivesh (1988), Vivechan ni Abohava (1989), Aadivachan (1995). His books in English are Govardhanram (1979), Variation on a Theme: Essays on Gujarati Literature (1993). Govardhanram is a monograph on Govardhanram Tripathi. Sva. Sakshar Navalram Laxmiram nu Jivanvrutant ane Kavijivan (1966) and Shabdalok na Yatrio 1–2 (1983) are biographical works. He coedited Akhegeeta and Akha ni Kavita, the collection of poetry by medieval poet, Akho. He also coedited Kavyasanchay (1981), Uttamlal ni Gadyasiddhi (1972), Govardhan Pratibha (1983). He edited Gujarati Granthkar Shreni, a short biographical series on Gujarati litterateurs published by Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, from 1976 to his death in 2006.


He was awarded Sahitya Akademi award in 1984 for his work on process of criticism, Vivechanni Prakriya. He also received Anantrai Raval Criticism Award in 1993 for his contribution in field of criticism. He was also awarded Gujarat State Sahitya Akademi's Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar (in a collaboration with Raghuveer Chaudhari) in 2001.


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