About the BookIn recent years, the Indian English Literature has made conspicuous progress in all its forms, mainly in fiction and poetry. Many Indian English writers have won laurels, awards, appreciation and wide readership in India and abroad in the recent past.
The present anthology aims at presenting an in-depth study of a host of eminent authors who are both established as well as upcoming writers: Rabindranath Tagore, Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan, Raja Rao, Kamala Markandaya, Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Anita Desai, Shiv K. Kumar, Arundhati Roy, Rama Sarma, Girish Karnad, and Sri Aurobindo. Although the present anthology contains articles on Indian English poetry, fiction and drama, yet fiction enjoys a prominent place.
Since most of the authors included in the present Volume for discussion are prescribed in the English syllabi in the various Indian universities, it is hoped that both the teachers and students will find the book extremely useful. Those engaged in research work in Indian English Literature, some specific genre like novel, poetry, drama or any of the authors discussed in this anthology will find it beneficial. Even the general readers who are interested in literature in English will find it intellectually stimulating.About the Author/sBasavaraj Naikar, M.A., Ph.D., D.Litt. (California), Professor and Chairman, Department of English, Karnatak University, Dharwad (India), is a bilingual writer both in Kannada and in English. His English publications include Sarvajna: The Poet Omniscient of Karnataka, Critical Articles on Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Shakespeare’s Last Plays: A Study in Epic Affirmation, The Folk-Theatre of North-Karnataka, Sandalwood, Sparrows, Beloved Poems, Kanakadasa, Indian English Literature (8 Vols.), Critical Response to Indian English Literature, Perspectives on Commonwealth Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation, The Thief of Nagarahalli and Other Stories (which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize for the Best First Book from Eurasia in 2000), The Rebellious Rani of Belavadi and Other Stories, The Sun behind the Cloud (A historical novel), Fall of Kalyana and Sangya Balya: Betrayal.
His critical and research articles in Kannada and English have been published in regional, national and international journals. He reviews Indian literary works for World Literature Today, Oklahoma, USA and for many Indian journals regularly.
He is the recipient of Gulbarga University Award for Translation, Olive Reddick Award from ASRC, Hyderabad and the Award from Gemini Academy, Panipat.
His research interests include Indian English Literature, American Literature, Commonwealth Literature, Anglo-Indian Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature.