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The Endangered Self

S. Ramaswamy (Author) Saumitra Chakravarty (Author)
Synopsis This collection of twenty essays dealing with a wide variety of authors and texts concerntrates on the concept of Self. The applied to Western as well as Indian Literatures. Thus, British writers like Shakespeare. Aldons Huxley, Christopher Isherwood and American writers like Emerson. Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor are discussed in this context. The works of Indian writers in English like Raja Rao and R. Parthasarathy and the Bengali writer Mahashweta Devi are analyzed. There are studies of all genres of literature like Drama, Poetry, Fiction and Non Fiction. Contemporary critical concepts like Existential and Feminist approaches have been made to texts. Linking King Lear with Mahabharata. Hamlet with Arjuna, New Zealand poetry with Advaita Vedanta in a bilingual – English-Sanskrit context has been attempted, thus making it an authentic Indian response. The supremacy of the Indian concept of Self with ‘S’ capital establishes the Indian philosophical tradition from Adi Shankaracharya bringing it upto date with Ramana Maharshi.
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About the authors

S. Ramaswamy

S. Ramaswamy obtained his M.A. first class in English Literature and received Gold Medal from Mysore University in 1954. He was a Fulbright/Smith-Mundt scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1964 to 1966 and earned an M.A. in American Literature and won the Phi Beta Kappa Award. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree for his thesis on Tennessee Williams by Bangalore University in 1973. He was a British Council scholar at Oxford and London, a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Indo-Canadian scholar at McGill University, Montreal. He has been widely published in the areas of American Literature, Comparative Literature and Indological Studies. He has studied Sanskrit traditionally, and is a Fellow of Silliman College, Yale University.

Saumitra Chakravarty

Saumitra Chakravarty, is a gold medallist inEnglish Literature from Calcutta University. She did her Ph.D., from the same university on the topic, “Search for Identity in Contemporary British Fiction – 1950-79”. She has presented research papers at numerous national and international seminars and attended a workshop on “Teaching of Shakespeare’ at Stratford-on-Avon, England. She is currently Vice Principal and Head of the Department of English in a Bangalore College. She has brought out a collection of self-composed poems and is bringing out a book of translated short stories from Bengali literature.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Endangered Self
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178540169
length viii+247p., Bibliography; 23cm.