Anita Desai’s work represents a unique
blending of the Indian and the Western.
Her novels catch the bewilderment of
the individual psyche confronted with
the overbearing socio-cultural
environment and the ever-beckoning
modern promise of self-gratification and
self-fulfilment. In the face of this dual
onslaught, her protagonists—male or
female—Maya, Sita, Monisha and Amla;
Sarah, Nanda and Raka; Bim and Tara;
Devan, Baumgartner—are seen poised
tantalizingly at different junctures of the
Applying sociological, psychoanalytic,
structural and other approaches of
formal textual analysis, the essays in the
present anthology take a fresh look at
established works, revealing aspects of
study hitherto unexplored, offer critically
insightful probes into individual novels
and explore the deployment of images,
symbols and other poetic devices,
besides diverse narrative strategies.
It is an indispensable sourcebook for
students, researchers and teachers of
Indian English and Commonwealth
literature in general and fiction of Anita
Desai in particular.
The book also makes an insightful
companion for research in sociology and
M.K. Bhatnagar, Professor, Department
of English, M.D. University, Rohtak
(Haryana), India -had been: a
distinguished scholar and a veteran.
teacher. He served as Chairman,
Department of English, M.D. University,
Rohtak and also Chairman, State Inter-
University Common Syllabi Committee
(English) of Kurukshetra University,
Kurukshetra and M.D. University, Rohtak.
Professor Bhatnagar’s publications
include, besides a number of research
articles in prestigious journals in India
and abroad, Political Consciousness in
Indian English Writing and The Novels of.
Nayantara Sahgal. His areas of interest
are: Literary Theory, Comparative
Literature, Commonwealth and Indian
English Literature and Third World
M. Rajeshwar is Associate Professor of.
English at Kakatiya University, Warangal
(Andhra Pradesh), India. His published
works of criticism: include The Novels of
Wole Soyinka and Indian’ Women
Novelists and Psychoanalysis. He has
edited several anthologies of literary
essays. Some of them are: Post-
modernism and English Literature; Indian
Fiction in English; Studies in Indian Writing
in English (Volume 1 & 2); Post-
Independence Indian English Fiction;
Commonwealth Fiction: Twenty-first
Century Readings; Modern American.
Literature and IT Revolution, and
Globalization and the Teaching of English.
He has published a large number of.
articles on Indian, African and American .
fiction and ELT in reputed journals like
New Quest; ARTS Research; Indian
Literature; The Journal of Indian Writing in
English; Commonwealth Quarterly; The —
Commonwealth Review and Revaluations.
Anita Desai has incontrovertibly added a few rich dimensions
to the thematic spectrum of Indian English fiction. Her novels
are deeply moving stories of individuals on the horns of a
socio-cultural and existential dilemma. Her novels also constitute
an artistic success formally through deft deployment of images,
symbols and other poetic devices. Applying sociological,
psychoanalytic, structural and other approaches of close textual
analysis, the essays in the present anthology take a fresh look at
established works, exploring thematic as well as stylistic
dimensions of her novels, hitherto left unexplored. The
contributors to the present volume of the anthology, have
specially worked out their studies from the chosen perspective
for this collection, for which they deserve sincere thanks. A
special word of indebtedness to the publisher, Dr. K.R. Gupta
a fellow academic, whose immense help and moral support
made all the difference.
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