New Insights Into the Novels of R.K. Narayan

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Atlantic Publishers & Dist, Jan 1, 2002 - 290 pages
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R.K. Narayan S Career As A Novelist And Short Story Writer Spans Almost Eight Decades From Swami And Friends (1935) To Grandmother S Tale (1992) Until His Death On 13 May 2001 At The Ripe Age Of 95. His Distinctive Sense Of Humour, His Trade Mark Irony, His Bemused, Knowing, Overseeing Perspective, His Rootedness In Religion And Family Values And His Inescapable Capturing Of The Essence Of Indian Sensibility All Have Been Looked At From A Refreshingly New Perspective, Hitherto Only Partly Touched Or Left Unexplored And Unattempted. New Insights Into The Guide, The Maneater Of Malgudi, A Tiger For Malgudi, Waiting For The Mahatma, The Dark Room Exploit Freshly-Forged Tools Of Critical Analysis Comparative, Structural, New Historical , Feminist, Bakhtinian, Post-Colonial And Socio-Cultural And Ethical.A Welcome Addition To The Extant Critical Scholarship On R.K. Narayan S Ouevre.A Lucid Discussion Of New Dimensions In Literary Theory Through Well-Argued, Illustrative Analysis Of Popular Texts.A Scholarly Elucidation Of The Sociology Of Hinduism As Reflected In Popular Fiction.An Indispensable Source-Book For Students, Researchers, Teachers, Scholars In Inter-Related Fields Like Literary Criticism, Theory Of Literature, Indian Philosophy, Customs And Thought-Patterns, Besides Social Anthropology And Sociology.
 

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Contents

The Fictional Universe of R K Narayan
1
The Novels of R K Narayan and Indian Reality
8
A Novelist Committed to
20
A Return to Ritual and Folklore
32
Indian Customs and Conventions Depicted
51
Gods Demons and Others in the Novels
59
The GuruShishya Relationship
76
An Evaluation of Brahminical
88
The Dialogic Imagination in R K Narayans
113
Epochmaking Patterns of Resistance Through
131
Raja Raos Kanthapura and R K Narayans
154
Ibsenite Feminism in Narayans
182
A Comparative
190
Detachment and Objectivity in R K Narayans
199
Themes and Techniques in R K Narayans
207
Bibliography
215

A Study in the Novels
104

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