Children of Midnight
Contemporary Indian Novel in English
Edited by Ludmila Volná ,Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal and Murari Prasad.


This volume examines the emergence of a whole new range of trends and tropes triggered in Indian English Fiction with the advent and phenomenal success of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. It explores how this fiction negotiates the concerns about language, diaspora, feminism and other major contemporary issues, and foregrounds the heterogeneity and indeterminacy of things. Equally does it critique the larger assumptions about nation, history, half-baked identities and cultures, often enough not in sequential representational modes but in complex, non-linear narratology. Finally the study, finally, problematize how this contemporary Indian English Fiction holds ‘a conversation with the world’ through the portrayal of a post-colonial, post-modernist India.

Ludmila Volná teaches courses on Indian writing in English at Charles University, Prague and conducts research on Indian writing and culture and on Czech/Czechoslovak culture at the University of Paris Est - Créteil and at the University of Rouen. She has published and lectured extensively in India, the US, and throughout Europe.
Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal is Associate Professor of English at Feroze Gandhi College, Rae Bareli. Editor and co-author of several volumes, he has published widely on Indian aesthetics, diaspora and contemporary critical theory and conducted a number of interviews with contemporary writers. He is also the editor-in-chief of Parnassus: An Innovative Journal of Literary Criticism.
Murari Prasad teaches English at D.S. College, Katihar. Besides editing three volumes of critical essays on Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy and Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines, he has published a string of papers on contemporary Indian novels in English and contributed an entry on Upamanyu Chatterjee in the Dictionary of Literary Biography: South Asian Writers in English.


Bill Ashcroft, Meenakshi Bharat, Ecaterina Patrascu, Ayal Amer and Wing Yi Chan, Ana Garcia Arroyo, Aida Balvannanadhan, Dagmar Markova,Daniela Rogobete, Michel Naumann, Maria Elena Martos Hueso, Christopher Rollason, Evelyne Hanquart-Turner, Sebastien Blache, Murari Prasad.
ISBN 978-81-909416-8-6           2012       200 pages        Rs. 600 (hb)