Arundhati Roy: Critical Perspectives
Edited by Murari Prasad

This volume brings together several of the seminal studies on Arundhati Roy, the author of intense and absorbing fiction as well as richly thought-out non-fiction. The contributors, all widely acknowledged scholars from India and the West, problematize the varied yet amazingly cohering aspects of Roy’s entire oeuvre; and offer a sophisticated and incisive critique of her published work to-date. What recurringly comes under close scrutiny is the tension and strife triggered by hierarchical structures of our making; and the appropriations of individuals, communities and societies lethally trapped at the lower rungs of hierarchy under neocolonial dispensation. Sharply focussed and highly perceptive, the volume makes for an arresting and delightful reading of the literary and cultural landscape of Arundhati Roy, exploring the deep and abiding concerns of one of the finest contemporary writers in English from the Indian subcontinent.


Murari Prasad presently teaches English at Sana’a University (The Republic of Yemen). He has edited an anthology of essays on Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy (Pencraft International, 2005). He has also published essays on Ernest Hemingway, Theodore Dreiser, V.S. Naipaul, Amitav Ghosh, and Upamanyu Chatterjee. His forthcoming book, A Critical Linguistic Study of Recent Indian English Fiction, is due to appear early next year.

Contributors : Amitava Kumar, Aijaz Ahmad, Devon Campbell-Hall, Alex Tickell, Madhu Benoit ,Brinda Bose, Antonia Navarro-Tejero, Julie Mullaney, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Murari Prasad and N. Ram.

ISBN 81-85753-76-8           2011           212 pp           Rs. 600 (hb)

Another of Pencraft’s valuable collections of . . . essays on Indian writers.
Journal of Commonwealth Literature, U.K.
Scholarly in nature, makes for a fuller comprehension of Arundhati Roy’s works.
The Hindu