Indian English Fiction: A Critical Study
By M.K. Naik

At once comprehensive and incisive, this volume explores the entire range of Indian English Fiction; from its emergence in the nineteenth century to its peaking in the twentieth century (first with the advent of the ‘big three’, Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao, and later with Rushdie and post-Rushdie fiction), followed by its sustained and vibrant output todate. This study is a substantially revised and enlarged edition of M.K. Naik’s Twentieth Century Indian English Fiction (Pencraft; 2004), carries five additional chapters, and covers works of Indian English Fiction published after the year 2000.
Cover: Sketch of Ancient Nalanda University

M.K. Naik (b.1926), former Professor and Chairperson of the Department of English at Karnatak University, Dharwad, currently lives in Pune (India)/Melbourne (Australia). Apart from A History of Indian English Literature (1982, currently in its sixth edition), he has also published studies on the ‘Big Three’ of Indian English Fiction: Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan and Raja Rao. He has edited the Perspective Series, which covers all the major forms of Indian English Literature, and Critical Essays on Indian Writing in English (1968). He is the author of five books of light verse under the nom de plume EMKEN. These include Indian Clerihews, Indian Limericks and Beowulf and All That: An Unorthodox History of English Literature in Comic Verse. He has co-authored (with Shyamala A. Narayan) the widely acknowledged volume Indian English Literature (1980-2000): A Critical Survey (Pencraft; 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2011).

Shyamala A. Narayan (b.1947), Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, is the author of Raja Rao: The Man and His Work (1988) and Sudhin N. Ghose (1973), and has edited an anthology for the Sahitya Akademi, Non-Fictional Indian Prose in English 1960-1990 (1998). Since 1972, she has been compiling the Indian section of the “Annual Bibliography of Commonwealth Literature,” a comprehensive listing of primary and secondary sources with a critical introduction, for The Journal of Commonwealth literature (Bowker, U.K.). She has co-authored (with M.K. Naik) the widely acknowledged volume Indian English Literature (1980-2000): A Critical Survey (Pencraft; 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2011).

ISBN 81-85753-92-X           2009           296 pp           Rs. 695 (hb)