Author: Nilufer E Bharucha
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170943116
This collection of critical essays on Indian Literature in English focuses on varied aspects of Indian English Writing. It provides a critical and historical perspective to this literature.
Nissim Ezekiel turned seventy in 1994. This volume of critical essays on Indian literature commemorates this important landmark in the life of one of India's most significant contemporary poets writing in English today. It was felt that this would beg the most appropriate way of marking Ezekiel's seventieth birthday. As an educator, editor, friend and guide, his has been a major influence on Indian Literature in English - from the 1950s till the present date.
The majority of the contributors to this volume has either been Ezekiel's students or creative writers who have benefited from his razor-sharp comments on their ;poetry or fiction. Thus even thought the essays in this volume cover a wide gamut of Indian Literature in English - from thematic overviews, to poetry, to fiction - they are all in the ultimate analysis tributes to Nissan Ezekiel.
These tributes map the charting of cultural territory by the postcolonial Indian writers in English. These writers, whether in India or in diaspora, speak with a confident voice which is no longer imitative of the British model or apologetic about writing in English. Their writings remap culture, repossess history, hybridize language, offer resistance to both the colonial past as well as postcolonial dominance, thereby providing a voice to the subaltern.
NILUFER E BHARUCHA studied at the Universities of Bombay, Manchester and is currently a Professor in the postgraduate Department of English, University of Bombay. Her areas of interest are Postcolonial Literatures, Anglo-Indian Writing, Postmodernist Literary Theory, Applied Linguistics and Teacher Development. She has published widely in these areas and her papers and reviews have appeared in critical anthologies and journals. She is also a creative writer and her stories have been published in magazines and literary journals. She has also lectured in Universities in UK, Spain and Germany on Indian English Writing.
VRINDA NABAR studied at the Universities of Bombay and Oxford. Her doctoral and post-doctoral work has dealt with postcolonial and women's issues and she has published widely in these areas. She has been visiting professor at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA and the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, and was, till recently, Chair of English at the university of Bombay.
In Conversation with Nissim Ezekiel
SECTION I : THEMATIC OVERVIEWS
Modernism and it Discontents : Observations on Recent Indian Poetry
An Overview of Indian English Fiction : 1920-1990s
The Anxiety of Indianness : Our Novels in English
The Second Wave : Indian English Fiction of the 1980s
After the Reign, the Rainbow
SECTION II : POETS AMD POETRY
A Modernist Poet or a Post-Modernist? : A Study of Nissim Ezekiel's Poetry
Ezekiel's Bombay Poems : Some Opinions
Keki Daruwalla as a Parsi Poet
In Pursuit of the Archaic : Makarand Paranjape's Macmillan Anthology of Indian English PoetryùAn Essay Review
Real Imagined Women : The Poetry of Imtiaz Dharker
The Reader and the Point of View : The Narrative Technique of the Golden Gate
SECTION III : NOVELISTS AND NOVELS
The Tale and the Teller : Three Indian English Novels of the 1980s
Men Need History : V.S. Naipaul, Barry Unsworth, and Hanif Kureishi
Dancing with an Old Flame : The Postcolonial Legacy in Sahgal, Deshpande and Markandaya
Why All This Parsiness? : An Assertion of Ethno-Religious Identity in Recent Novels written by Parsis
Old and New Expatriate Indian English Novelists : An Overview
Women Characters in the Novels of Mulk Raj Anand
Contours of Narrative : A Study of R.K. Narayan's
My Dateless Diary
Amitav Ghosh : A Most Distinctive Voice
The Concept of Freedom in the Shadow Lines : A Novel by Amitav Ghosh
Deconstructing Postcolonial Discourse : A Study of Salman Rushdie's Shame
Characters and Their Indianness in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya
Nothing to Lose but Our Chains : Nayantara Sahgal's Women in Their Social Context