Contents: 1. Modern Indian writing in English: an overview/D.S. Mishra. 2. Envisioning Tagore's renaissance: a study in thought/Anupam Nagar. 3. Morning face: a quest for new humanism in Anand/A.K. Pandey. 4. Rao and Ngugi: narratives of resistance/Easterine Iralu. 5. Only the story matters: a study of R.K. Narayan's parabolic narration in the guide/N. Sethuraman. 6. Character portrayal of R.K. Narayan and Geoffary Chaucer/D.S. Mishra. 7. Issues and themes in the later novels of Bhabani Bhattacharya/C.M. Mukherjee. 8. The trauma of partition in Azadi/Basavaraj Naikar. 9. The narrative pattern of Chaman Nahal and Khushwant Singh with special reference to Azadi and train to Pakistan/H.K. Verma. 10. Khuswant Singh's train to Pakistan and Bapsi Sidwa's the ice-candy man: a comparative study/Mallikarjun Patil. 11. The concept and conflict of tradition and transition in Arun Joshi's the foreigner/G.A. Ghanshyam and Usha Iyengar. 12. Arun Joshi's the last Labyrinth: a journey from agnosticism to affirmation/G.A. Ghanshyam, Vasumati Nadig. 13. Projecting the other: U.R. Anantha Murthy's Sanskar/Guru Charan Behera. 14. Treatment of religion in the novels of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala/Kunjo Singh. 15. The poetics of feminism in Anita Desai's cry, the peacock/N.D.R. Chandra. 16. Anita Desai's descriptive language: a stylistic reading of cry, the peacock/N. Seturaman. 17. A feminist perspective in Sahgal's storm in Chandigarh/K.S. Sumakiran. 18. Problematising feminine discourse: a post-feministic critique of Shashi Deshpande's the dark holds no terror/C.C. Mishra. 19. Shashi Deshpande's small remedies: a reading in the light of Indian feminist theory/Darshana Trivedi. 20. Nissim Ezekiel's India/Ananya S. Guha. 21. P. Lal: the man and the poet: a reading of his early poetry/A.J. Sebastian. 22. Discourse of 'other' in Kamala Das's an introduction/M. Mani Meitei. 23. The art of Jayanta Mahapatra/Nigamananda Das. 24. O.P. Bhatanagar: a poet of caustic realism and oneiric vision/Kanwar Dinesh Singh. 25. Ecological insight in A.K. Ramanujan's second sight/P. Dhanavel. 26. 'Oddities' in Arun Kolatkar/Stella Thangaraj. 27. Encounter with tradition and performance in the theatre of Girish Karnad/Savita Goel.
"This compendium of informed critical study covers almost all the major authors of Modern Indian Writing in English like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan, Bhabani Bhattacharya, Chaman Nahal, Khushwant Singh, Arun Joshi, U.R. Anantha Murthy, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai. Nayantara Sahgal, Shashi Despande, Nissim Ezekiel, P. Lal, Kamala Das Jayanta Mahapatra, O.P. Bhatnagar, A.K. Ramanujan, Arun Kolatkar and Girish Karnad.
The contributors include D.S. Mishra, Anupam Nagar, C.M. Mukhermjee, Easterine Iralu, Basavraj Naikar, Mallikarjun Patil, Darshana Trivedi, Ananya S. Guha, A.J. Sebastian, Mani Methei. P. Dhanavel, Savita Geok and others. This is the student-oriented book, which aims to serve the purpose of general reader as much as the teachers and scholars. The anthology is a companion volume. A sequel to my Contemporary Indian writing in English: critical perceptions." (jacket)