Author: T Vinoda
Publisher: Prestige Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175511818/1826/1834
The burgeoning presence of the diaspora Indian writing in English across the continents during the last three decades has, in recent times, triggered a new consideration of the cultural theories of nation, race, and identity. Conversely theories drawn from Diasporic Studies/Transnational Studies are being increasingly pressed into service to interpret the writers of Indian origin who have settled in countries such as the US, Canada, England Australia, Caribbean, Africa, far east, and other parts of the globe. Offered in the three-volume set here is a collection of essays and full-length area studies bibliography.
The writers examined in the first two volumes include Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth, M G Vassanji, Bharati Mukharjee, Chitra Divakaruni, Rohinton Mistry Shashi Tharoor, Anita Desi, Jhumpa Lahiri, Meera Syal, Amit Chauchuri, Meera Alexander, Sunetra Gupta, Gita Mehta, Suniti Namjoshi, Shani Mootoo, Anurag Mathur, Amulya Malldi, vineeta Vijayaraghavan, Anita Rau Badami, Abraham Varghese, Peter Nazareth, and a few Indo-Guyanese Writers.
The second volume mostly consist of the presentations at the National Seminar, the Expatriate Indian writing in English held at University Post-Graduate college, Subedari, Kakatiya University, in September 2005. In an effort to enhance the referential value of this critical offering, the editors have included in the third volume, a bibliography with helpful annotations. The contributors to these volumes, drawn from the US, France, Spain, Utaly, Finland and India, contemplate the complex questions of construction of self and identity in relation to nation, ethnicity, gender and culture. The book, it is hoped, will make a rich contribution to the fast-growing corpus of diaspora studies.