Contents: Vol. I. Preface. 1. Dimensions of Anita Desai's fiction/Shubha Tiwari. 2. Anita Desai/Mallikarjun Patil. 3. Journey beyond the senses: an analysis of Anita Desai's Journey to Ithaca/O.P. Budholia. 4. Woman's striving for a meaningful life in Anita Desai's Cry, the Peacock/Vinod Kumar Maheshwari. 5. Anita Desai's fiction: portrayal of feminine sensibility/S.D. Sharma. 6. Marital disharmony in Anita Desai's novels/Basavaraj Naikar. 7. Discovery of the self: an interior journey in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and Anita Desai's Where Shall We Go This Summer?/S.N. Vikram Raj Urs. 8. A feminist perspective on Anita Desai's Fasting, Feasting/Asha Choubey. 9. Anita Desai's short stories: a study of Diamond Dust/Basavaraj Naikar. 10. Trauma of a housewife: Anita Desai's Fire on the Mountain/Ramesh Kumar Gupta. 11. Fasting, Feasting: an attempt at fusion of continuity and experiment/J.P. Tripathi. 12. Cry, the Peacock: a study in the theme of alienation/B.D. Pandey. 13. Superstition and psyche in Anita Desai's Cry, the Peacock/Rajeshwar Mittapalli. 14. The ideology of space in Fire on the Mountain/Rama Kundu. 15. In their alien worlds: Anita Desai's Bye-Bye, Blackbird and Baumgartner's Bombay/Asha Susan Jacob. 16. A Saga of quests: Anita Desai's Journey to Ithaca/Asha Susan Jacob. 17. Staying, leaving, returning: the interconnectedness of female identities in Anita Desai's Clear Light of Day/Jenni Valjento. 18. Anita Desai's Where Shall We Go This Summer? - a critique on existentialism/Hariom Prasad. 19. The dialectics of marital polarisation in Anita Desai's Cry, the Peacock/S.P. Swain. 20. Indian life and sensibility in the short stories of Margaret Chatterjee and Anita Desai: a comparative study/R.K. Mathur.
Vol. II. 21. From the continent to the island: image as archetype in Anita Desai's Bye-Bye, Blackbird/N.R. Gopal. 22. A clash between male Chauvinism and existential concerns in Anita Desai/Devika. 23. Anita Desai's In Custody: an analysis/N. Sharada Iyer. 24. Postcolonial re-presentations in Anita Desai's Fire on the Mountain/Antony Johae. 25. 'Journey to the East' once again: Anita Desai's Journey to Ithaca/Rama Kundu. 26. Hugo, the nowhere man: a study of Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay/S.P. Swain. 27. Voices in the City: a tour de horizon of existentialist philosophy/Gajendra Kumar. 28. Failed householders: renouncement and distributive strategies in Fasting, Feasting/Alessandro Monti. 29. Where Shall We Go This Summer?--Sita's incarcerated self/S.P. Swain. 30. Fetters of illusion: In Custody/F.A. Inamdar. 31. Crossing the border: a study of Baumgartner's Bombay (1988) and Journey to Ithaca (1995)/Usha Rani. 32. Journey to Ithaca: a quest-novel/Suman Jana. 33. A critique of Fasting, Feasting/M.Q. Khan. 34. Mothers and daughters: a comparative critique of Fasting, Feasting and Difficult Daughters/Asha Choubey. 35. Fasting, Feasting: a study in desires and dreams (un) fulfilled/Usha Rani. Bibliography. Index.
"Anita Desai and her novels have been an enigma for decades. Scholars, critics, researchers and students have never stopped marvelling about supremacy of 'Idea' over 'Matter' in the works of this gifted novelist. The philosophical mood, the realization of a grand design, the presence of unsaid, unarticulated realities--all these have forever teased the mind of the discerning reader. In the present volume, Anita Desai has been extensively and intensely probed. As the reader will see, the thrust has been more on psychological and intellectual facets of her fiction, rather than social, cultural or physical areas. This is the trend of criticism these days and it is rightly so. The fine subtleties, the small but significant turn of events, the role of place in the formation of mental scene, the vitality of characters, the force of their personalities, the intricate web of relationships--all these have been examined and expressed in words that are at once easy to understand as well as graceful to aesthetic sense." (jacket)