Overview for Edward Albee: Towards a Typology of Relationships
Taking first few, halting steps to wards a theory of relationships, the present book offers rational, holistic understanding of the Sphinx-like riddles that often surround both human nature and relations. Influenced by the thoughts of a host of Western thinckers such as Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Vico, Nietzsche, Marx, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, Jung, Fromm et al, this book is, in fact, more in the nature of 'literary anthropology.' Digging deep into the archives of Western thought and Albee's dramatic oeuvre, all at once, it seeks to put in place a certain order of classification, which has as much relevance to the American society/culture as it has outside it. Something of an epistemological exercise, this book offers refreshingly new insights into how conceptual understanding of a subject as complex as relationships could be organized effectively, that too, in an easy-to-grasp, comprehensible language. Dr. Nayar explores the psycho-dynamics of human relations with the incisiveness of a psychoanalyst, clinical objectivity of a scientist and the prescience of a meticulous researcher.
Rana Nayar (Author)
Scholar, critic, translataor and theatre artist, Rana Nayar teaches at the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His translations of Gurdial Singh include two novels, Night of the Half-Moon (Macmillan, Chennai, 1996) and Parsa (NBT, New Delhi, 1999), and a collection of stories, Earthy Tones (Fiction House, New Delhi, 2002). From Across the Shores (Sterling, New Delhi, 2002), a collection of stories written in Punjabi by Asians in Britain, is his path-breaking work in translation, which he did at the British Centre of Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1999, on a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship. His forthcoming publications are: The Eye of the Doe and Other Stories in English translation, and The Curse of a Tree (Creative Circle, Chandigarh), a collection of Biba Balwantâ€™s poems in translation. He is currently researching a book, (Mis) readings of the Mahabharata: ideology, Narrative, History and Culture and also translating Gurdial Singhâ€™s novel, Anhoe. He has directed several plays and published more than three dozen articles, reviews and research papers in journals of national and international repute.