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 twenty essays included in the present volume introduce us to a wide spectrum of writers and their specific historical-cultural contexts. Thus, we have discussion on eminent writers like Toni Morrison from black America as well as Margaret Atwood from Canada, who have made their unmistakable mark in their respective milieu as well as in the global arena today. In addition, we have diasporic and emigre writers—renowned and established authors of an earlier generation as well as younger writers of a more recent crop—like Bharati Mukherjee, Nayantara Sahgal, Shobhaa De and Ruth Jhabvala on the one hand and Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Kiran Desai on the other. As usual, Indian writers have attracted considerable critical attention, and a host of them—from Toru Dutt to Kamala Markandya, Anita Desai to Kamala Das, Shashi Deshpande to Manju Kapur, and even a recent entrant like Sonia Faleiro—have been taken up by the present writers from various interesting and relevant critical and theoretical perspectives. In addition to this, the volume includes a broad survey of Indian women poets in English and also an examination of ‘feminism’ in the context of newly emerging social and ethical values vis-a-vis the woman.
Since most of these authors are prescribed in the English syllabi in the universities of India, both the teachers and the students will find them extremely useful, and the general readers who are interested in literature in English and/or women writers will also find them 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 five 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 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, 1988); 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 ten 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); ?nandamath O S?mprad?ikt? (on Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, 1987); and The Unfamiliar Hardy: A New Look (2010).