The Novels of Anita Desai: A Critical Study

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Atlantic Publishers & Dist, Jan 1, 2000 - 280 pages
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Anita Desai S Work Represents A Unique Blending Of The Indian And The Western. Her Novels Catch The Bewilderment Of The Individual Psyche Confronted With The Overbearing Socio-Cultural Environment And The Ever-Beckoning Modern Promise Of Self-Gratification And Self-Fulfilment. In The Face Of This Dual Onslaught, Her Protagonists, Male Or Female Maya, Sita, Monisha And Amla; Sarah, Nanda And Raka; Bim And Tara; Devan, Baumgartner Are Seen Poised Rentalizingly At Different Junctures Of The Philosophic Spectrum.Applying Sociological, Psychoanalytic, Structural And Other Approaches Of Formal Textual Analysis, The Essays In The Present Anthology Take A Fresh Look At Established Works, Revealing Aspects Of Study Hitherto Unexplored, Offer Critically Insightful Probes Into Individual Novels And Explore The Deployment Of Images, Symbols And Other Poetic Devices, Besides Diverse Narrative Strategies.An Indispensable Source-Book For Students, Researchers And Teachers Of Indian English And Commonwealth Literature In General And Fiction And Anita Desai In Particular.An Insightful Companion For Research In Sociology And Women-Studies.
 

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Contents

Fate and Fatalism in Anita Desais Cry the Peacock
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Superstition and Psyche in Anita Desais
13
Treatment of Neurosis in Cry The Peacock
22
Anita Desais Where Shall We Go
30
LoveHate Relationship of Expatriates in
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The Alienated Self A Study of Anita Desais
50
Character and Setting in Anita Desais In Custody
63
Anita Desais Fire on the Mountain and
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Alienation of Women Characters in
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Note of Existentialism in the Novels of Anita Desai
164
A Grain of Sand in an Oyster
172
The Ironic Presence of Nature in the Novels
198
Time as Narrative Device in the Novels
221
Multiple Meanings of Marginality in Anita Desais
237
Victims and Survivors in The SugarSticky
247
A Study in Verbal Pattern
256

Raka As a Metaphor for Ruined Childhood in
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A Focus on Anita Desais Games at Twilight
96
Tradition and Deviation A Study
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Images of Alienation A Study of
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Anita Desais Prose Style
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The Concept of New Woman is Anita Desais
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