Gessel (1993) points out, Tanizaki's career can be divided into three periods: the first ends in 1928 and shows a marked influence from the western estheticist
and decadent movements; in the second period, Tanizaki became increasingly interested in the Japanese past and its literature--he spent several years translating the eleventh-century Heian masterpiece, The Tale of Genji, into modern Japanese, an achievement which earned him election to the Japan Academy of Art; the fiction of his final period returns to his own time for its settings.
Ramakrishnan's recent description of Malayalam writing using the Marxist John Berger's distinction between estheticist
high modernists and radical avant-gardists, where Satchidanandan sees two phases of the latter.
Without being exclusionary on narrowly estheticist
or culturally elitist grounds, an enterprising academic anthology could broaden the usual canon with such widely recognized recent achievers as Meena Alexander and Vikram Seth, but probably not those slighter new voices Paranjape also adds: Agha Shahid Ali, Manohar Shetty, and Imtiaz Darkher.