Sunday, January 28, 2007

Six divergent writers

Indian Imagination Critical Essays On by K D Verma More Books by K D Verma Synopses & Reviews Publisher Comments:
The Indian Imagination focuses on literary developments in English both in the colonial and postcolonial periods of Indian history. Six divergent writers—Aurobindo Ghose (Sri Aurobindo), Mulk Raj Anand, Balachandra Rajan, Nissim Ezekiel, Anita Desai, and Arun Joshi—represent a consciousness that has emerged from the confrontation between tradition and modernity. The colonial fantasy of British India was finally dissolved in the first half of this century, only to be succeeded by another fantasy, that of the reinstituted sovereign nation-state. This study argues that the two phases of history—like the two phases of Indian writing in English— together represent the sociohistorical process of colonization and decolonization and the affirmation of identity.
About the Author: K.D. Verma is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Table of Contents
Indian Writing in English: Structure of Consciousness, Literary History, and Critical Theory * Sri Aurobindo as a Poet: A Reassessment * The Social and Political Vision of Sri Aurobindo * Sri Aurobindo as Critic * Mulk Raj Anand: A Reappraisal * Ideological Confrontation and Synthesis in Mulk Raj Anand’s Conversations in Bloomsbury * Balachandra Rajan’s The Dark Dancer : A Critical Reading * Humanity Defrauded: Notes Toward a Reading of Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay * Myth and Imagery in Nissim Ezekiel’s The Unfinished Man : A Critical Reading * Alienation, Identity and Structure in Arun Joshi’s The Apprentice * The Metaphysics and Metastructure of Appearance and Reality in Arun Joshi’s The Last Labyrinth

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