About the BookThe world body of literature in English, during the last few centuries, has been immensely enriched by women writers with their sharp perception and profound insight into hitherto unexplored areas of human experience on the one hand, and technical innovations—often daring and always refreshing—on the other. The new series—Studies in Women Writers in English—is a grateful acknowledgment of that contribution and public recognition of their voice.
The twenty-four essays included in this volume cover a wide spectrum of contemporary women writers across India and abroad, including diasporic spaces of the world today. In addition to the over-view studies, the women writers discussed in this volume represent a wide spectrum ranging from Rita Dove and Nikki Giovanni to Kamala Das, Anita Desai, Nayantara Sahgal, Shashi Deshpande, and Kiran Desai. Since most of these authors are prescribed in the English syllabus in the universities of India, both the teachers and the students will find the book extremely useful, and the general readers who are interested in literature in English and/or women writers will also find it intellectually stimulating.About the Author/sMohit K. Ray, a full Professor since 1982, and recently retired, is one of the seniormost professors in the country. He has four books and a large number of research papers published in scholarly journals in India and abroad, which reflect his wide range of scholarship.
Professor Ray has attended and chaired sessions as an invited participant in many international conferences, seminars, and colloquia held in different parts of the globe. He has edited several anthologies of critical studies. At present, he is working as the Chief Editor of Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd. Books authored by Mohit K. Ray include T.S. Eliot: Search for a Critical Credo (1978); Bhasa Bijnaner Godar Katha (in Bengali); Studies in Literary Criticism (2001); and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: A Critical Study (2005). He edits The Atlantic Critical Review, an international quarterly of global circulation.
Rama Kundu is a full Professor of English. She has been teaching in the Postgraduate Department of English, Burdwan University, West Bengal, since 1976. Besides being the author of five books, she has edited several books. She is the Editor of The Atlantic Literary Review, an internationally acclaimed journal of great repute. She has to her credit a large number of research papers published in scholarly journals and anthologies in India and abroad.
Books authored by Dr. Kundu include Vision and Design in Hardy’s Fiction (1984); Wrestling with God: Studies in English Devotional Poetry (1996); Anita Desai’s Fire on the Mountain (2005); New Perspectives on British Authors: From William Shakespeare to Graham Greene (2006); and ?nandamath O S?mprad?ikt? (on Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, 1987).