Book Review

Submitted in Partial Requirement of 70th Orientation Programme Organized by Academic Staff College, Ahmedabad

“CRITICAL RESPONSES TO INDIAN ENGLISH FICTION”
Edited by Dr. Arvind M. Nawale

Submitted by: Patel Vitthalbhai Palabhai (Roll No: 17) Asst. Prof. in Communication Skills U. V. Patel College of Engineering Ganpat Vidyanagar, Kherva – 382 711

A book review on “Critical Responses to Indian English Fiction” a collection of scholarly research articles on Indian English Fictions
About the Editor: Dr. Arvind M. Nawale, born on 29th November 1971 is Head of the Department of English in Shivaji Mahavidyalaya, Udgir, Dist: Latur (Maharashtra). He has been teaching English language and literature since 1995. He has been awarded the degree of Ph. D. in English for his thesis on Arun Joshi’s fiction by S.R.T.M.University, Nanded. He is one of the editors of The Criterion an online international journal with ISSN. He is also on Advisory Board of The Expression: A Journal of Literary and Critical Studies, Rae Bareli (U.P.). Some of his forthcoming books are A Thematic Study of Arun Joshi’s Fiction, Reflections on Post-Independence Indian English Fiction and Fiction of Anita Desai: A Study through Different Perspectives. The Book, Cover Page and Subject Matter:

ISBN : Publisher:

978-81-261-4646-8
ANMOL PUBLICATIONS PVT. LTD., New Delhi.

First Edition: 2011 Price is: Rs. 900/Total Pages: 254

The content of the book is contributed by 22 scholars across India. They have examined different dimensions narrated in English Literature by Indian writers. Basudeb Chakraborti traces the growth of Muslim nationalism through Tamas while Baby Pushpa Sinha, in her paper on Mulk Raj Anand, examines the nature of western realism and how the early novelists like Anand were largely influenced by it. In a similar vein, Shital Abhay Desai makes a reading of R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Days. The nature of the treatment of reality, as pointed out earlier changed drastically after the eighties and on such a trajectory, is Anju Bala Agarwal’s study of social realism in the fiction of Mulk Raj Anand. Immigrant experiences are an important theme in Indian fiction in English, and Ram Sharma examines it in his study of Manju Kapur’s Immigrant. Such a theme is also explored by Pandit B. Nirmal in the study on Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and by B. B. Rajurkar and Anna Solanke in their study of cultural dilemmas and displacements of immigrants in Indian English fiction. Gender and its constructed nature has been an abiding theme in Indian writing in English and a number of papers in the volume address the problem from different perspectives. Thus B.O. Satyanarayana Reddy examines its nature through a reading of Sashi Deshpande’s The Binding Vine. The transgressive potentialities of women are studied by Jonali Sharma in a survey of Indian fiction in English, while Satendra Kumar offers a

Hegelian re-reading of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters. S.M. Chillur and M.M. Dhalayat examine the nature of the mother-daughter relationship in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, while O. A. Lohakare and Subhash Shinde examine subaltern voices in same novel. Gargi Bhattacharya examines the nature of the diasporic experience and nationalism in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Shame, while Meenu Gupta examines the nature of the representations of the nation through a comparative view of Shame and The Moor’s Last Sigh. Shashi Tharoor’s Riot is examined by Pratima Chaitanya in a similar veinwhile M. Preetha studies religious bigotry through a reading of A River With Three Banks and Ice-Candy-Man. Smita R. Lakhotia (Nagori) examines Bapsi Sidhwa’s revelation of child widows’ predicament in her study on Water and Manisha Gahilot explores Indo-English Fiction as a whole. The fractured nature of postcolonial and postmodern identities is also studied by Sophia through a review of Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss, while R.T. Bedre makes an interesting study of the racial transformation of Vikas Swarup’s Q &A into an Oscar winning film at the hands of Danny Boyle. Vitthal Patel observes Karma Yoga reflected in “The Foreigner” of Arun Joshi Brief Criticism: The popularity of Indian fiction in English lies primarily in its ability to appeal to a heterogeneous audience, both at home and abroad, owing largely to the nature of themes and issues dealt in them. The present volume thus endeavors to bring before its readers a variety of texts that attest to the richness of the fictional output, in English, of the country, a fact brought out by Arvind Nawale’s appraisal of Indian English Fiction from beginning to present day. Since this volume supplies the different dimensions of a literary work it is obviously is useful to the researchers in English Literature as a rich reference.

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