Bharti Mukherjee: Critical Perspectives
Edited by Somdatta Mandal

Perhaps the only writer who features in anthologies of Asian American literature, Canadian multicultural literature, Indian women writers in English, postcolonial literature, writers of the Indian Diaspora, and in mainstream American writing ( her own choice), Bharati Mukherjee has come a long way in her writing career that spans over thirty-eight years.

This anthology of critical perspectives on Bharati Mukherjee focuses on different aspects of her oeuvre. These range from her position as an Asian American writer as much as an American writer, and revaluate the narratives of multiculturalism, expatriation and Bengaliness in her works. The volume carries critical studies of individual texts beginning from The Tigerís Daughter (1971) to The Tree Bride (2004). Also included are articles on her non-fictional works like Days and Nights in Calcutta and The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy and her first interview given in 1973.

Somdatta Mandal is Professor of English and current Chairperson, Department of English and Other Modern European Languages, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, India. A recipient of several prestigious fellowships, she has published widely both nationally and internationally. Her areas of interest are contemporary fiction, film and culture studies, Diaspora studies and translation.

Professor Mandal has authored Film and Fiction: Word Into Image (2005), Reflections, Refractions and Rejections: Three American Writers and the Celluloid World (2003). Among her editorial ventures are Indian Travel Narratives (2010), Literature in Times of Violence (2008) (with Gulshan Kataria); The Indian ImagiNation: Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Culture (2007); Ethnic Literatures of America: Diaspora and Intercultural Studies (2005) with Himadri Lahiri; The American Literary Mosaic (2003) with T.S. Anand; Banga-bibhag: Samajik, Sangskritik O Rajnaitik Protifalan (The Partition of Bengal: Cultural and Socio-Political Reflections,2002) (with Shukla Hazra); The Ernest Hemingway Companion (2002); Cross-Cultural Transactions on Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (2002); The Diasporic Imagination; Asian American Writing (3 vols) (2000); William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute (1999); F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Centennial Tribute (2 vols) 1997.

Contributors : Somdatta Mandal, Malashri Lal, Anne Brewster, Himadri Lahiri, Ruth Maxey, Aparajita Ray, Snehasis Maiti, Sumana gupta, Jasbir Jain, Usha Bande, Shweta rao, Rajyashree Khushu-Lahiri, S.Sujaritha, N.Chandra, Raffaella Malandrino, Bradley C. Edwards, Robyn Warhol-Down, Fakrul Alam, Neeru Anand, T.R. Shashipriya, Judie Newman, Anita Balakrishnan and Fayeza Hasanat.

ISBN 978-81-909416-5-5           2010           296 pp            Rs. 750(hb)