Remapping Culture: Nobel Laureates in Literature (1986-97)

Edited by C.Vijayasree.
Siddiq Ali.
Leela Lakshmi Narayen

This volume, dealing with the Nobel Laureates in literature for the preceding twelve years, attempts a refreshing and educative study of their works and art. Neither blindly laudatory nor predeterminedly hostile, it is informed by a searching scrutiny and objective evaluation of the oeuvre of these towering literary figures. Cultural contours and their configurations in the works of these Nobel Laureates make for the running theme of the book. Situated in the vulnerable post-colonial societies or outside them, these writers are faced with the shrinking of spaces for selfhood in a world of increasing commodification and the intertwining of histories and civilizations in an overarching scheme of globalization. The book demonstrates how far each of them resolves such discords and dichotomies of his/her experiences into controlled art, and retrieves and retains his/her sense of the distinctive flavour and identity of his/her culture. The experience of reading this book on some of the finest contemporary writers from different parts of the world is as enriching as traveling across cultures and continents. In equal measure, it embodies deep insights into the overlaps of several cultural terrains and their comparative cultural and literary perspectives.

C.Vijayasree is Professor of English at Osmania University. She has authored a full-length study of Mulk Raj Anand, the Raj and the Writer and edited an anthology of essays, Robert Browning 2000. G.K. Subbarayudu is Reader in English at Osmania University. His current interests include post-colonial writing and translation. Siddiq Ali is Professor of English at Osmania University. He was Fulbright Post-Doctoral scholar at Boston (USA). Leela Lakshmi Narayen is a former Professor of English at Osmania University. She is currently working on a UGC project, “Humour in Commonwealth Literature.” Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka, Joseph Brodsky, Naguib Mahfouz, Camilo Jose Cela, Octavio Paz, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, Seamus Heaney, Wislawa Szymborska, Daria Fo.
Conributors : T. Vijay Kumar, R.M.V. Raghavendra Rao, Taqi Ali Mirza, Sonya Surabhi Gupta, Isaac Sequeira, Indrani Mukherjee, T. Srivani, Radha Rao, Y.L. Srinivas, Alladi Uma, T. Aparna, M. Sridhar.

ISBN 81-85753-27-X            1998           167 pp           Rs.250 (hb)
Remapping Culture gives us verbal line-drawings of the Nobel laureates who have grown very familiar to us like Octavio Paz, Nadine Gordimer, Dennis Walcott and Toni Morrison.
The Hindu