Glimpses of World Literature: Essays Presented to Professor M.S. Nagarajan
Edited by N. Eakambaram and V. Saraswathi

This volume, presented to Professor M.S. Nagarajan, Head of the Department of English at the University of Madras from 1985 to 1995, covers a broad spectrum of literary revaluations. General problematics in these essays include a discussion on the study of fiction as an art of validating life, strategy of self-reflexivism in recent Indian writers like Salman Rushdie, Nissim Ezekiel and Girish Karnad, dynamics of literary studies in the Indian academia and Coomaraswamy’s critique of the functional aspect of art in India.

Indian literature section in this book examines Indianness as a mode of perception in R.K. Narayan, quest for identity in post-Rushdie Indian fiction, landscapes vis-a vis mindscapes in the poems of R. Parthasarathy, Keki Daruwalla, A.K. Ramanujan and others, and the role of women in Tagore’s plays. While American literature section offers a closely focused reading of the Glass Menagerie, Huckleberry Finn and recent American Women poets, that on Canadian literature probes Handmaid’s Tale, Preparing and Bag Babies.Comparative readings discuss, among others issues the impact of Colonization on India and Canada, the poetry of Nissim Ezekiel and A.M Klein, and the feminist plays by Indira Parthasarathy and Robertson Daview. It is hoped that the book will be of interest to the scholar as well as the general reader.

N. Eakambaram is Professor in the Department of English, University of Madras, Chennai. He has an M. Litt and Ph.D on American Southern Fiction writers like Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor. He was at the Georgia State University and Louisiana State University in 1993 on a Fulbright Fellowship to update his research in Southern Fiction. He has edited The Glass Menagerie and The Hairy Ape. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad, from 1994 to 1998 (two terms). His new areas of interest are Indian Writing and Canadian Writing in English.

V. Saraswathi is Professor in the Department of English, University of Madras, Chennai. She had her post-graduation from the University of Edinburgh and completed her doctoral thesis in Applied Linguistics at C.I.E.F.L., Hyderabad. Her major research areas are: materials production, teacher development and teaching literature. She has designed several course books in English for schools as well as colleges. At present she is the Secretary of the English Language Teachers’ Association of India, a purely academic body committed to the cause of English language teaching in India.

Contributors :C.D.Narasimhaiah, K.Ayyappa Paniker, V.Saraswathi, C.N.Srinath, G.S. Balarama Gupta, Prema Nandakumar, K.Chellappan, Shyamala A.Narayan,, T.Prabhakar, Seetha Srinivasan, K.Venkata Reddy, Mohan Ramanan, Isaac Sequeira, R.S.Sharma, N.Veerappan, N.Ramachandran Nair, P.Marudanayagam, K.S. Ramamurti, K.Radha and S.Ravindranathan.
ISBN 81-85753-22-9           1998           216 pp           Rs. 350 (hb)