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Vikram Seth - An Anthology of Recent Criticism
by GJV Prasad      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 13043 - Hardcover - 191 Pages (Year: 2004)
Pencraft International ~ ISBN: 818575361X


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This collection of essays explores the world of Vikram Seth with critical readings of his major works. Seth’s position in the pantheon of Indian English writing, his poetic craft, his responses to contemporary codes of relationships, his notations as a postcolonial writer living in and writing about various countries, and his politics are all examines closely by the scholars who have contributed to this volume.

They engage with his works from various critical and ideological positions, from the aesthetic to the postcolonial to the ecological. The aim of the dozen chapters in this collection is to open various windows into Seth’s world to enhance the reader’s understanding and appreciation of the work of this highly talented and most accessible writer.

This is the one nagging question that runs through out the volume-the question of location, where do we place Vikram Seth? Where does he belong and who does he address? His works give you the dominant feel and pulse of a place at a certain time; he gives you live led in particular mode in a specific locale in all detail. It can be the world of the whites or the browns or any other colour. Seth treats all the world that he knows as his stage and all the people there as legitimately his characters.

This collection of essays attempts to cover all aspects of Seth’s works. However, such a collection can never claim to have said the last word on any writer, especially not Seth. Seth after all is a writer who is continuing to enthrall the world and surely has many more books in a gap in our understanding and appreciation of one of the foremost writers in English of our times.



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

A Different Gaze: Vikram Seth’s Journey through Mainland China

The Solitary Wanderer-The Seth of the Garden

No Golden Gate for Indian English Poetry? Reading Vikram Seth’s Novel in Verse in the Context of Indian Poetry in English

A Metrosexual Lovestory

Protocols of Poetry: A Study of Vikram Seth’s All You Who Sleep Tonight

Secularism in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

Temporality, and the Transition to Modernity in A Suitable Boy

History, Politics, and Romance in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

Land as Legislative Space in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy and Phanishwarnath Renu’s Maila ancal

The Mighty World of the eye and the Ear: Nature in An Equal Music

An Englishman’s Novel? Vikram Seth’s an Equal Music

The Complex Case of Vikram Seth: Questioning the International in An Equal Music

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 About the Author

G J V PRASAD is a poet, novelist, and critic. He teaches English Literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published widely on Indian English Literature and on contemporary world theatre. His research interests also include Translation Studies, Indian Literatures, and Australian Literature. His academic publications include continuities in Indian English Poetry: nation language form, and an edited volume: The Lost Temper: Essays on John Osborne’s look Back in anger (forthcoming), His creative writings include a Clean Breast (1993) and In Delhi without a Visa (1996). He has also co-edited a collection of short stories from Indian languages, Imaging the Other.


 

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