About the BookCritical Approaches to Fiction is designed to offer the post-graduate student, and the general reader, a comprehensive cross-section of some of the best critical material available on the theory and practice of fiction. Within the compass of this Volume, the authors have included representative essays by such eminent critics and writers as Saul Bellow, Eudora Welty, Mark Schorer, Philip Rahv and Wayne C. Booth. This book covers, every significant aspect of fiction—plot, character, language, theme, setting and the diverse modes of presentation.
It is earnestly hoped that this book would be found eminently useful both by teachers and students of Indian Universities. About the Author/sShiv K. Kumar received his doctorate in English Literature at Cambridge. Prof. Kumar is well-known literary critic, poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright and translator. He was Chairman of the Department of English at Osmania University and subsequently Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Hyderabad — from where he retired as its Vice-Chancellor. His research papers have appeared in such internationally known journals as Modern Language Review (Cambridge), Notes & Queries (Oxford), Modern Philology (Chicago), Journal of Art & Aesthetics (Ohio), English Studies (Groningen) and Toronto Review of English Studies. He has authored numerous works of literary criticism (published in the USA and the UK) besides five novels, two collections of short stories, seven collections of poems, a play and a translation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
In 1978, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1987 he received the Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) award for his collection of poems Trapfalls in the Sky. In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to literature.
Professor Kumar has been Commonwealth Visiting Professor of Literature at the University of Kent (UK) and distinguished Professor at the Universities of Oklahoma and Northern Iowa. He has also served as a member of Jury for the Neusdtadt Literary Prize (USA).
Keith F. McKean, a renowned Professor of English and American Literature, has served as Chairman of the Department of English at Elmira College (New York) and the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls. His area of specialisation is British and American fiction.