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The Fiction of Margaret Laurence and Anita Desai: Discourse in Alienation

 
D.K. Pabby (Author)
Synopsis The present volume on the fiction of Canadian writer Margaret Laurence and Indian English writer Anita Desai is conceived as a project in comparative framework. It interrogates and critiques significant questions relating to identity, ethnicity, multiculturalism, immigration, globalization, alienation and affirmation that confront the Canadian and Indian society and the literary world. If the Canadian ethos is marked by the 'multicultural mosaic', the Indian situation is characterized by the paradigm of a 'rainbow'. This study takes the position that although the two societies – Canadian and Indian - are apparently too diverse to lend themselves to direct comparison, yet the commonality of perspectives and situations cannot be dismissed in a cursory manner. Both the writers under study have taken due note of this 'ambivalence' in their fictional writings, that forms the core of the present book on the discourse of alienation in the novels of Margaret Laurence and Anita Desai. In fine, the book makes a rich contribution to the corpus of Commonwealth literature, Comparative literature and Multicultural studies.
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About the author

D.K. Pabby

D.K. Pabby is Reader in the Department of English at Ram Lal Anand College, University of Delhi. He is an eminent scholar of twentieth century English literature, Canadian literature, Comparative Literature and Indian Writing in English. Other areas of his interest include literary theory translation and diaspora studies. He has guided and supervised research in these fields. He has four edited books to his credit and has published articles and research papers in literary journals, in India and abroad. Dr. Pabby is widely traveled; he is a versatile scholar who regularly makes presentations at national and international seminars and conferences. He is the Reviews Editor of the prestigious journals – Journal of Australasian Studies and Critical Practice.

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Title The Fiction of Margaret Laurence and Anita Desai: Discourse in Alienation
Author D.K. Pabby
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Prestige Books
Language: English
isbn 8175511583
length 254p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.