Critical Theory: Western and Indian
Edited by Prafulla C. Kar

This volume of essays, published in honour of Professor V.Y. Kantak, focuses on the major features of Western and Indian critical theories. The discussions on Western theories include the problematics of deconstruction, the politics of postcolonial discourse, production and dissemination of comparative literary theory, ethnicity and Black writing, and Bakhtin’s critique of the autobiographical self. Those on Indian theory and praxis examine the emergence of third world theories on nativism and gender studies, typology of modern Indian drama, and problems of literary translation and transcreation. The volume offers fresh perspectives on most of the contested areas in the field of critical theory.

Prafulla C. Kar is one of the founder editors of the Journal of Contemporary Thought, Baroda. He was until recently Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He was also Deputy Director of the American Studies Research Centre, Hyderabad during 1982-86. He was a Fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College, USA in 1986. Besides editing several scholarly books, Professor Kar has published papers on American literature, critical theoy and new literatures in English. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Contemporary Theory, Baroda.

Contributors : S.K.Rana, G.N. Devy, Harish Trivedi, Anitha Devasia, Susie Tharu, Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Neelima Talwar, Rani Dharker, rajnath, Udaya Kumar, Sarla Palkar, Deeptha Achar, N.K. Dakorwala C.K. Seshadri, TRS Sharma, J. Birjepatil.
ISBN 81-85753-15-6           2005           253 pp           Rs.480 (hb)
The two volumes (Critical Theory and Literary Theory) are well-produced . . . . Together, they achieve a dialogue within themselves, as well as with each other. They indicate some of the directions of the emerging ‘paradigm shift’ in the discipline of English/literary studies.
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