U.R. Anantha Murthyís Samskara: A Critical Reader
Edited by  Kailash C. Baral D. Venkar Rao and Sura P. Rath

Samskara: A Critical Reader is the first volume of its kind to be published on one of the classics of Indian literatures. It includes two foundation essays by Anantha Murthy, one on Indian fiction and the other on how he wrote Samskara, offering a historical context to the volume. Other essays, besides tracing the novelís roots to the tradition of realism in Indian fiction, address textual issues such as the representations of colonial modernity, thematic issues such as brahminism and the caste system, cultural issues such as gender and epistemic contestations, probing the depth and complexity of the work from a broad range of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Two essays focusing on the novelís translation into other languages and adaptation for radio add new dimensions to the interpretation of the novel.

Kailash C. Baral is Professor of English and Director of the Northeast Campus of the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) at Shillong. He has authored Sigmund Freud: A Study of His Theory of Art and Literature (1994) and edited two books Humanities and Pedagogy: Teaching of Humanities Today (2002) and Interpretation of Texts: text, meaning and interpretation (2002). He has also co-edited Theory and Praxis: Curriculum, Culture and English Studies (2003, with Kar and Rath) and Reflections on Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004, with Rath and Rao).

D. Venkat Rao is Professor at the School of Critical Humanities, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington, Seattle and University of Chicago. He is one of the editors of the volume Reflections on Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004, with Rath and Baral). His areas of interest include literary and cultural studies, hypermedia, internet research, image studies, and mnemocultures.

Sura P. Rath is Professor of English and Director of William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, USA. He has edited Flannery Oí Connor: New Perspectives (University of Georgia Press, 1996, with Mary Ann Shaw), Sitakanta Mahapatra: The Mythographer of Time (2001), Theory and Praxis: Curriculum, Culture and English Studies (2003, with Kar and Baral) and Reflections on Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004, with Baral and Rao).

Contributors : U.R.Anantha Murthy, S. Jayasrinivasa Rao, K.V. Tirumalesh, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Suresh Raval, TRS Sharma, R. Radhakrishnan, Nalini Natarajan, Dunkin Jalki, D. Venkat Rao, Vanamala Viswanathan, Julian Crandall Hollick and Sebana Coelho.
 
 
ISBN 81-85753-70-9           2009           256 pp           Rs.480 (hb)