Author: M K Naik
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7017-199-7
This is the fourth and final volume in the pioneering series on Perspectives on Major Forms of Indian English Literature edited by Professor M K Naik. Following the pattern of the earlier three volumes this collection also includes two types of essays - those evaluating the entire corpus of major fictionists and schools and those attempting intensive textual analyses of outstanding novels like Untouchables, The Guide, The Serpent and the Rope, and Midnight's Children. The final essay on 'The Achievement of Indian Fiction in English' is an attempt to survey the entire field and evaluate the total achievement in this genre.
A number of collections of critical essays on Indian fiction in English have appeared curing recent years b but perhaps none of them has the range and depth of this volume.
The contributors include distinguished scholars such as K R Srinivasa Iyengar, V A Shahane, DVK Raghavacharyulu, Prema Nandkumar and the editor MK Naik, himself.
The carefully selective bibliography appended to the volume has further enhanced its value as a comprehensive collection of incisive critical studies covering the entire range of Indian fiction in English, and this series which is now complete easily constitutes a significant landmark in the ongoing scrutiny of Indian English literature.