Desert In Bloom - Contemporary Indian Women's Fiction in English

Desert In Bloom - Contemporary Indian Women's Fiction in English

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Author: Meenakshi Bharat
Publisher: Pencraft International
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 240
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185753598


This volume investigates the tremendous contemporary spurt in the literary creativity of women writers in Indian English Fiction. Demonstrating that fictional creation is no male territory and women are no trespasser in it, the contributors to this study, both discerning critics and major fictionists, scrutinize and evaluate the diverse, inter-related aspects of women’s fiction. The volume meticulously brings together the voices of these persistent and determined Sheherzades, too significant to miss or ignore, in a wide-ranging selection of perceptive essays, written in jargon-free and refreshing prose.

It is sad, this complete desert bemoaned Anita Desai not very long ago, In 1983, to be precise. She had not stopped there. Commenting on the dearth in women's fiction in English, she had despondently gone on to declare, There is very little fiction written by women in India, and that though the maximum number of novels was written in English, there were not more than half a dozen women writers of fiction.

The claim of this volume is modest, Despite coverage of more than a score Indian women writers in English, it aims only to open a window to the exciting new directions that the mission of women's writing of fiction is taking. It neither purports to be, nor desires to be, the last or the definitive word on the subject. If it succeeds in generating critical and creative interest in the field, its purpose has been achieved.



Critical Readings: What Others Have To Say

Radical Self-Fashioning: Language, Culture and Identity in Anita Desai’s Novels

Men in the Minds of Women: Women Writers and Male Narrators in the Fiction of Nayantara Sahgal, Anita Desai and Githa Hariharan

If I cast no shadow, I do not exist.
The Relationship between Existentialism, Materialism and Feminism in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande

The Heroine’s Progress: Feminism and the Family in the Fiction of Shashi Deshpande, Githa Hariharnan and Manjula Padmanabhan

In Exile/At Home: The Urban Middle Class in Shashi Deshpande

First Encounter: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

When Women Laugh: Humour in Namita Gokhale, Suniti Namjoshi and Arundhati Roy

Women, History and Fiction: Kapur’s Difficult Daughters and Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers

Gender and Beyond: The Child in the Nineties Novel in English by Indian Women


On Her Own Terms: A Readings of Shashi Deshpande’s Small Remedies

Twins and Lovers: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things

Strutting Our Stuff: Sujata Sankranti’s The Warp and the Weft


Passion for India

Discrete Thoughts

On Writing

Why I Have Usually Written as a Man

No Identity, No Self!

On Writing Fiction