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Critical Essays on Diasporic Writings

Edited by K Balachandran, Arise Pub, 2008, xx, 220 p, ISBN : 8189937423, $33.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Contents: Acknowledgements. Preface. Contributors. I. General: 1. Indian immigrants and their philosophy of composition/M. Thayyalnayaki. II. Poetry: 2. The unfathomable mystic affinity of A.K. Ramanujan with a home land--a Diaspora/Lily Arul Sharmila. 3. Voice of the immigrants : a study of Uma Parameswaran's New Canadians/Diwakar Thomas. III. Fiction: 4. Gender issues: a study of Githa Hariharan's The Thousand Faces of Night and the Ghosts of Vasu Master/M. Murugesan. 5. Flying in new skies: Githa Hariharan's The Thousand Faces of Night : a feminist perspective/A. Kala. 6. The immigrant narrative in the writings of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni/B. Sudipta. 7. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Sister of My Heart : tension between Indian culture and western philosophy/D. Dhanalakshmi. 8. Negotiation with the new culture: a study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices/K.S. Dhanam. 9. Dialysis of Diasporan fissures in V.S. Naipaul's A house for Mr. Biswas/S. Robert Gnanamony. 10. Icons and iconoclasts: Romantic Vs Ironic in V.S. Naipaul's Half a Life/R. Radhiga Priyadharshini. 11. A multicultural mosaic: a study of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy/V. Sumathy. 12. Expatriate experience in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things/G. Ruby Davaseeli. 13. Re-inventing the self: a study of Diasporic Dimension in Shauna Singh Baldwin's What the Body Remembers/S. Chitra. 14. A nostalgic return to past in Anita Desai's The Zigzag Way/L. Vijaya Lakshmi. 15. Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost: a quest for truth amidst the rule of fear/Rano Ringo. 16. Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss: A documentation on Diasporic experiences/J. Elizabeth Lucy. 17. Shifting balances in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin/A. Vanitha. 18. Alienation and assimilation of Diasporic life: a study of Jumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies and the Namesake/Pradip Kumar Patra. 19. The writings of the Indian Diaspora with special reference to Jumpa Lahiri/Prem Varma. 20. Who is the Villain of the piece? a study of Uma Parameswaran's The Sweet Smell of Mother's Milk-Wet Bodice/Usha Kalyani. IV. Drama: 21. Cosmopolitanism in Uma Parameswaran's Rootless But Green Are the Boulevard Trees/K. Balachandran. Index. 

"Critical Essays on Diasporic Writings is a very humble venture to present Indian responses to Diasporic Writing. The 21 contributors working in 13 different universities have contributed their valuable research and findings to enrich this book.

There is a general study of Indian immigrants. Poetry of two poets A.K. Ramanujan and Uma Parameswaran have been taken for analysis by two contributors. 17 Papers deal with the fiction of 12 Diasporic Writers - Githa Hariharan, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, V.S. Naipaul, Vikram Seth, Arundhati Roy, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Anita Desai, Michael Ondatje, Kiran Desai, Margaret Atwood, Jumpa Lahiri and Uma Parameswaran. A lone paper deals with the Drama of Uma Parameswaran. The 21 critical essays evaluate the various aspects of Diaspora in a lucid and appreciable style to help the students, researchers and teachers of Diasporic literature." (jacket)

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