Canadian Literature and Society
Edited by K.S.Ramamurti, K.Chellappan and R. Shankar
Canadian Literture and Society: National Dream and Regional Realities is a volume of twentyseven essays selected from the papers presented at the Seventh international Conference on Canadian Studies held at Tiruchirappalli in 1991.The papers cover a wide range of subjects, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Literature which,while focusing largely on the theme of National Dream vis-a-vis Regional Realities, discuss a number of vital questions relating to the socio-political, socio-economic, multicultural and literary scenario in Canada and their impact on as well as manifestation in the country’s Literature.

Many of the problems and questions discussed in this study are equally relevant to the Canadian and Indian situations and have called for serious analysis and discussion in a ‘mutually illuminating context’. These essays have sought to find answers and solutions to many of the debates and controversies which have been exercising Canadianists in the post-modern era: but the ‘point of view’ in most papers has been that of Indian scholars and is marked by a freshness of perceptions and understanding.

The essays put together in this volume, it is hoped, will be useful to all the scholars actively interested in Canadian Studies.

K.S. Ramamurti, formerly Professor of English and Dean of the College Development Council, Bharathidasan University, tiruchirapalli, is currently attached to the Department of English, Pondicherry University. His seminal work “Rise of the Indian Novel in English” was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. He has guided about a 100 research scholars at the Ph D and M Phil levels, and has published widely. One of the dististinguished Indian Canadianists, he has contributed substantially to the Canadian Studies and Research in India. He is also a creative writer in Tamil and has a prize-winning novel to his credit.

K. Chellappan, Professor and Head of the Department of English, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, has specialized in Comparative Literature. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on “Ilango and Shakespeare: A Comparative Study,” has guided a large number of research scholars and has published widely. He is also the Director of Canadian Studies Centre, Bharathidasan University.

R. Shanker, Reader and Head of the Department of Sociology, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, is an active Canadianist and a well-known teacher and research guide. He holds a Ph D degree on Comparative Sociology. Currently he is doing commendable research in Futuristic Studies, Rehabilitation of Street Children, Comparative Ethnic Studies with reference to Canada and India.

Contributors : B.Borges, Maya Shah, K.R.G.Nair, Aarti Nanavati, A.S.Rao, K.K.Khakhar, Lakshmi Kannan, Prema Nandakumar, K.Chellappan, M.F.Salat,Premakumari Marshal, Jameela Begum A, T. Anuradha, Christine Gomez, Cheryl Mary Qnental, Hemalatha John, G.Sundari, A.Noel Joseph Irudayaraj, V.Rangan, P.Natarajan, S.Varalakshmi, R.C. Kapoor, V. Ayothi, K.Mallika, S.Ramamurthy, N.Ramachandran Nair, K. Santhanam and P.Marudanayagam.
ISBN 81-85753-10-5            1996           264 pp           Rs.400 (hb)