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R.K. Narayan: Reflections and Re-evaluation

Chhote Lal Khatri (Author)
Synopsis This comprehensive study of R.K. Narayan's fiction is an endeavour honoris causa. By honouring the great fictionist we honour ourselves. The more we talk about him, the fuller is our find of artistic skill and subterranean meaning. It is ever expanding, ever rewarding and ever satisfying our inquisitive aspirations. His contribution to Indian literature is purely indigenous. The vast corpus of his writings is a testimony to his Indian sensibility deeply anchored in age-old traditions and still responsive to current compulsive influences. Moreover, Narayan's India has an essential monumental foundation and is not just an exhibit for foreigner's consumption. There fiction is fact, art-coated fact appearing as delectable novels and short stories. The middle class man's manners and morals, joys and sorrows, social incongruities, domestics bliss and blisters and little ironies of life are the stuff his comedies are made of and they are the issues addressed to in this anthology. The present book is an anthology of contemporary criticism on his novels by perceptive academic-critics belonging to different universities of India. It includes general introduction to his life and works, a paper on My Dateless Diary, ten synoptic research papers on his themes, style and art, nine comprehensive papers on his individual novels. While the volume offers a spectrum  of critical views on the novels and indepth analysis of his short stories of R.K. Narayan, it adds immensely to our awareness of the Indian literature and culture.
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About the author

Chhote Lal Khatri

Dr. Chhote Lal Khatri born in 1965 in Jehanabad, Bihar, had his early education at local schools, graduated with Honours in English from College of Commerce, Patna and did his M.A. in English and Ph.D. from Patna University, Patna. His doctoral research was on "Vivekananda: An Appraisal (A Critique of his speeches and writings)" which was subsequently published by Prestige Books, New Delhi in the year 2000. He is a bilingual poet writing in English and Hindi. His first Hindi Poetry collection and second one in English are in Press. His poems are widely published and anthologized in India and abroad. He edits Cyber Literature, a biannual journal of international repute devoted to poetry and criticism. He is also one of the editors of his College magazine Sanket. He has to his credit about three dozen research papers and forty reviews. He was honoured and felicitated by Michal Madhusudan Academy, Kolkata for his book Kargil, in 2002. He is on the advisory board of A.B.I., U.S.A. His brief biographical note is included in several Directories of A.B.I., U.S.A. and I.B.C. England. He has been teaching English literature since 1993. Currently he is a lecturer in the Dept. of English T.P.S. College, Patna.

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Title R.K. Narayan: Reflections and Re-evaluation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.02.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sarup & Sons
Language: English
isbn 8176257133
length xiv+216p.