Critical Spectrum: Essays in Literary Culture: In Honour of Professor C.D. Narasimhaiah
Edited by  Satish C. Aikant

This volume of essays is brought out in honour of Professor C.D. Narasimhaiah, an eminent scholar-critic and one of the pioneers of English Studies in India. Of its two sections the first interrogates several major concerns of contemporary critical discourse such as identity, diaspora, hybridity, decolonization, cross-cultural encounters, translatorial practices and gender relations, locating them in an indigenous but eclectic and vibrant cultural ambience of the country. This theoretical perspective is followed (in Section Two) by a number of vigorous and nuanced case studies of several texts and authors, mostly Indian and a few Western. Jargon-free and insightful, these essays reflect on a wide range of literary productions and their sources as an autonomous yet culture specific intellectual enterprise, which is what has been the lifelong pursuit of Professor Narasimhaiah.

Satish C. Aikant is Professor of English at H.N.B. Garhwal University, Pauri. He has been a Visiting Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. His doctoral work was on the fiction of J.D. Salinger, and he has published widely on American literature, postcolonial literatures and theory, and on contemporary culture.
Contributors K. Ayyappa Paniker, Meenakshi Mukherjee, Suvir Kaul, Jasbir Jain, Makarand Paranjape, Mohan Ramanan, Nayantara Sahgal, John Thieme, John Oliver Perry, Shyamala A. Narayan, Narayan Hegde, A. Madhavan, Bruce Bennett.

ISBN 81-85753-64-4           2004           296 pp           Rs.550 (hb)
A Festschrift in honour of one of South India’s most eminent literary scholars, this book brings together a range of work, by Indian and non-Indian critics, which responds to the breadth and depth of Professor Narasimhaiah’s interests.
The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, U.K.