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Dialectics of Freedom in Somerset Maugham

Authors (s): Adibur Rahman (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 8178354470
Pages: 250p., References; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.2005, 1st ed.
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB24270
List price: US $ 35,00
Bagchee price: US $ 31,50
You save: (10.00%)
Member price: US $ 28,35 info

Overview for Dialectics of Freedom in Somerset Maugham

The present appreciation includes to analyze Maugham's novels, essays and other writings from the dialectical perspective. It dialectically probes the consequence and extent to Man’s incessant search for emancipation and its ultimate impact upon his materialistic leanings. It brings into focus how man while facing the odds of the modern living feels himself at loggerheads with the bizarre out side world. What is striking is that it characteristically delineates new meanings, contours and dimensions of human bondage that persist in the modern scientific paradise emphasizing man's lingering need to come up the mechanics of the mercantile society. As Maugham is a complete artist with a dialectical vision, his art and vision; his ethics and aesthetics and above all, his aspirations for attaining emancipation from the life of bondage, loneliness and alienation from the mainstream-life, receive impetus from dialectical art. Maugham emphatically writes that the realistic cult of writing is no more relevant to address the issues emanating from the inadvertence and ambiguities of the scientific and the mercantile society. At the same time the book puts emphasis on Man's need to take into account the basic fact that instinctual patterns too play a significant role in the making of man. Maugham has often been regarded as a writer in the naturalistic tradition. The present appreciation, instead, places Maugham in the dialectical tradition. For identifying Maugham merely as the Naturalistic Writer is too simplistic to present his delineation of art in the correct perspective. Maugham is a critic of no lesser repute. In the writer's point of view, Fiction, says Maugham, is an art and the purpose of art is to please. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he opines that it is the element of pleasure that essentially makes reading enjoyable. Maugham aesthetically concentrates on the inertia of the self saying that 'I am only conscious to know what is in me is disagreeable to them'. The doctrine of the inner self is the inbuilt vehicle, which gives impetus to his characters to define the self in the bizarre outside world. Maugham is ranked along with Flaubert, Arnold Bennet, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Henry James keeping in view of the art of Flaubert, Shaw, Wells, Bannet, Eliot, W.B. Yeats, D.H. Lawrence, Conrad, Bertrand Russell and Spinoza, Maugham's art and literature have comprehensively been dealt with at length. Relevance of Somerset Maugham's art and literature will go on to move up millions of people with the turn of the new century.
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  • A vauable contribution towards realizing real emancipation

    (More than year ago) By, Mohammed Naquib

    I went through Mr.Adibur Rahman"s book entitled as Dialectics of Freedom in Somerset Maugham.It is new interpation of Maugham's works, novels and his critical essays. The book really made me conscious of the new area's of freedom which helped me in negotiating some of my personel problems which haunted my mind badly. The book i Think acted in me as reliever of my anguish which disturbed me awesomely.At the same time present book is a good contribution of isghiht into the indian philosophy from the Indian stand point.In addition in the First three chapters it gives a good concepts of critical teories of the modern age. The agony of pain can be realiza after it is read.