Overview for Critical Responses to Feminism
Women, the fountain source of beauty and bravery, have proved their mettle in all walks of life. The significance of their immense potential could have been confined to the margins had the world not produced reformers like Mary Woolstonecraft, Simon de Beauvoir, J.S. Mill and the likes of them. The seeds sown by these stalwarts have burgeoned forth a beautiful world to live in. The world today is full of women bringing laurels in every area. But still the rays of equality and admiration continue to spread to many dark regions where the souls of women strive for release. The present anthology is a humble attempt to disseminate the reactions of scholars and researchers to the noble cause of awareness created by poets, dramatists, novelists and critics who accommodate the weltanschung in their writings. This anthology is an endeavour to record the responses of scholars and bibliophiles to the views of veteran practitioners of literature delineating their viewpoints in a crass commercial and fast changing world. The twenty-one essays in this anthology are not restricted to one geographics region but they also comprise the British, American, Canadian and Russian Apart from Indian writers. The writers discussed in the anthology chiefly are Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Doetoevsky, and many prominent Indian writers such as Shashi Deshpande, Anita Desai, Kamala Das, Nayantara Sahgal, Shobha De, Arundhati Roy, Manji Kapur, Gita Hariharan, Mahesh Dattani, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Indira Goswami etc. It is hoped that the anthology will stimulate the budding scholars and careful readers in augmenting their thoughts to further enquiry in the field of feminism.
Binod Mishra (Editor)
Binod Mishra (1966) did his Honours (1989) and M.A. (1991) in English Literature from LNMU, Darbhanga. He was awarded Ph.D. in English on Mulk Raj Anand from the same university in 1998. Dr. Mishra has over ten years of teaching experience both at college and university levels. He started his career as a lecturer in English in February 1995 and was the Head, (Department of English) in Rangachachi College, Majuli, Assam, for five years. He received UGC Minor Research Project on the topic "Journey from Innocence to Experience in major Indo-Anglian Novelists". He has attended various conferences, seminars and workshops of National and International standards. He has also contributed his articles extensively to various journals and, anthologies on fiction and poetry. Apart from his critical writings, he has a good number of poems published both in English and Hindi. His areas of interest, include Indian Writing in english, Modern Fiction, and Modern Peotry and Criticism. Besides his keen interest in literature, he is actively involved in carrying, out research in the areas of Technical and communication English. Dr. Mishra is a Life Member of All India Association of English Studies. He is also a member of All India Studies in contemporry Literature. Since October 2000-Dr. Mishra has been an Assistant Professor, languages Group in Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, (Raj.) He is also the co-editor of BITSCAN-Semester News, a bi-annual newsletter published from the institute. He has also co-edited proceedings of National Seminar on Communication, held in October, 2004 and released in the form of a book " Communicating at Work: Shifting Paradigm and Emerging Trends'