Interpretations of Texts: Text, Meaning and Interpretation

Edited by Kailash C. Baral

Given the persistent interrogation of an organicist conception of literary work by structuralist and post-structuralist critics, this study examines literary text as a depersonalized product, independent of its author and reader, and excitingly open to critical pluralism. It focuses closely on several major literary texts and probes how far theory guided reading reveals their subtexts and intertexts, and decodes their relativised rather than universal meanings. Since the book demonstrates that the applications of diverse theoretical positions in the hermeneutic field, although illuminating, are limiting and digressive as well, it makes for an open-ended scrutiny of the currently much lauded, theory-oriented literary criticism.

K.C. Baral is Professor of English and Director of the English and Foreign Languages University, Northeast Campus, Shillong. Before joining the EFLU at its Northeast Campus he was Professor of English at the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He has authored Freudís Theory of Art and Literature (1995), and edited a volume titled Humanities and Pedagogy: Teaching of Humanities Today (2002). He is widely published in national and international journals and his articles are included in many anthologies.
Conributors : Hiren Gohain, Pradipta Borgohain, K.Narayana Chandran, Bibhash Choudhury, Ananya Sankar Guha, John Oliver Perry, Mohan Ramanan, Niranjan Mohanty, Dhira Bhowmick, Sravani Biswas, Krishna Barua, Chanchala K. Naik, Baby Pushpa Sinha and T.B. Subba.

ISBN 81-85753-53-9           2002           184 pp           Rs.360 (hb)