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R.K. Narayan : contemporary critical perspectives

Author: Geoffrey Kain
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 1993.
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This collection of eighteen essays is the first major work to evaluate the contributions of India's foremost literary figure writing in English, R.K. Narayan. His fourteen novels and nine volumes of short stories are centered almost exclusively in the fictional south-Indian town, Malgudi. Narayan, who began to acquire an international reputation in the second half of this century, reveals the India of his experience  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
R.K. Narayan.
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)622836545
Named Person: R K Narayan; R K Narayan; Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Narayan; Rasipuram K Narayan
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Kain
ISBN: 0870133306 9780870133305
OCLC Number: 28547534
Description: xiv, 238 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The novel as purana : a study of the form of The man-eater of Malgudi and Kanthapura / Ganeswar Mishra --
Colonial literature as oppositional : R.K. Narayan's unconscious specular register / Gita Rajan --
Krishnan's jasmine-scented quest / Gideon Nteere M'Marete --
The absence of caste in R.K. Narayan and its implications for Indian writing in English / D.A. Shankar --
The guide : a study in transcendence / Mary Beatina Rayen --
The ordinary and average as satiric traps : the case of R.K. Narayan / Kirpal Singh --
Irony, structure, and storytelling in R.K. Narayan's The financial expert / Suresh Raval --
Eternal, insatiable appetite : the irony of R.K. Narayan's baited hero / Geoffrey Kain --
Daisy paints her signs otherwise / Shantha Krishnaswamy --
The painter of signs : breaking the frontier / Sadhana Allison Puranik --
Plot and character in R.K. Narayan's The man-eater of Malgudi : a reassessment / Fakrul Alam --
Kali as man-eater and as goddess : myth-making in R.K. Narayan's Man-eater of Malgudi / Rosanne Kanhai-Brunton --
The holy man in R.K. Narayan's novels / Ganeswar Mishra --
A meeting in Malgudi : a conversation with R.K. Narayan / John Lowe --
Some notes on 'reluctant Gure' / Warren French with Javaid Oazi --
R.K. Narayan, the dramatist / M.N. Sundararaman --
The world of Nagaraj : Narayan's metanovel / Rajini Srikanth --
The dialectics of opposing forces in The world of Nagaraj / Pushpa N. Parekh --
Chronology of some significant events in the life of R.K. Narayan --
R.K. Narayan : a select bibliography of his works --
Critical studies of R.K. Narayan's literary contributions : a select bibliography.
Responsibility: edited, and with an introduction by Geoffrey Kain.

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This collection of eighteen essays is the first major work to evaluate the contributions of India's foremost literary figure writing in English, R.K. Narayan. His fourteen novels and nine volumes of short stories are centered almost exclusively in the fictional south-Indian town, Malgudi. Narayan, who began to acquire an international reputation in the second half of this century, reveals the India of his experience by focusing on the details of the lives of the characters who live in this complex community. Representative of the general field of Narayan criticism, Contemporary Critical Essays provides a balanced assessment, but also contains new interpretations of Narayan's work that are drawn from the latest developments in literary theory, feminist and cultural studies, as well as investigations into the implications of colonization and decolonization. As a result, these essays offer fresh insights, explore new directions, and reveal the nuances of an established literary criticism.

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