Canadian Short Stories
Edited by Manorama Trikha
The short stories put together in this anthology reflect on the ‘varied angles of vision’ lodged in the ‘lived life’ and ‘crafted fiction’ of Canada. In good measure, therefore, they make for a microcosm of the eclectic Canadian culture which aims at friction-free heterogeneity rather than forced homogenization, discord-resolving co-existence rather than unpractical fusion. The cultural mosaic/mix they draw attention to includes, among others, the problematization of the plight of Native Canadians, the existential anxieties of the diasporic and ethnic communities, the unhinging cross-cultural oppressiveness, and several other Canada-specific features.

In equal measure, these stories stand out for their refreshing perceptions and controlled craft, marked by depth, power and artistry. The reader shall hopefully find them enjoyable and exciting, and often enough a compelling reading.


Manorama Trikha, former Professor and Head of the Department of English at C.C.S. University, Meerut, holds a Ph D degree for her research on the poetry of Robert Frost. She has studied at the Universities of Agra, Birmingham and London, and has researched and published extensively, especially on American, British and Indian English poets. A Senior Fulbright Fellow at the Universisty of Utah (1992), she has recently visited five major universities in Canada on a Shastri Indo-Canadian fellowship programme. In addition to numerous articles published in scholarly journals, her book-length studies include Robert Frost: Poetry of Clarifications (1983), Shelley: Selected Poems (1987), Robert Frost: An Anthology of Recent Criticism (1990), and Canadian Literature: Recent Essays (1994).
Contributors : Manorama Trikha, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, M.G. Vassanji, Cyril Dabydeen, Rudy Wiebe, George Bowering, Miriam Waddington, Helen Weinzweig, Desmond Pacey, Uma Parameshwaran.
ISBN 81-85753-29-6           1999           152 pp           Rs.300 (hb)