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Critical Responses to Kiran Desai

Sunita Sinha (Editor) Bryan Reynolds (Editor)
Synopsis "With Kiran Desai the 'fine tradition' of Indian Booker Prize winners continue. Like her mother Anita Desai, Kiran Desai emerges as a gifted writer. From the mother to the daughter we see a literary tradition being built, starting from Anita Desai's Psychological explorations in her fiction to Kiran Desai's experiment in the making of a comic fable in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and her insightful and often humorous commentary on multiculturalism, cross-cultural and cross-class understanding, globalization and immigrant experience in The Inheritance of Loss. From the fablesque magic and satiric comedy in her celebrated debut, exuding 'poetry and joy in language and life’, Desai's Man Booker Prize winning novel moves effortlessly to 'illuminate the pain of exile, describing the encroaching morass of westernization and the lingering effects of colonialism', spanning continents, generations, religions and races, with equal felicity and ease.

Though Desai's novel holds a mirror up to the world today, looking at the cultural collisions, cultural encounters, postcolonialism and continuing consumerist imperialism, yet what makes her irresistible is her immense tenderness for the human condition and her understanding of human relationships.

By engaging closely with the work of the iconic 21 century writer, Kiran Desai, Critical Responses to Kiran Desai, explores a wide range of critical approaches on various 'hot button issues' such as multiculturalism, Colonialization, representation, diaspora, and globalization which are of much relevance today. Composed substantially of insightful essays, the collection brings together the voices of esteemed scholars as well as those of emergent scholars. One of the first few attempts to offer a sustained and compelling critique of the much acclaimed writer, the book will prove to be valuable to the scholars, students and teachers of English Literature."
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About the author

Sunita Sinha

A gold medallist from Patna University, Bihar, Sunita Sinha has been teaching as an Associate Professor in English in Women's Collage, Samastipur L.N. Mithila University, Bihar. She has authored two books: Graham Greene: A Study of His Major Novels and Post Colonial women Writers: New Perspectives. Her editorial ventires include ten anthologies: (1) New Urges in Post Colonial Literature: Widening Horiaons; (2) Reconceiving Postrcolonialism" Visions and Revisions; (3) Postcolonial Imagining: Fissions and Fusions; (4) Critical Responses to Kiran Desai; (5) New Perspectives in British Literature (Vol. I & II); (6) Indian Booker Prize Winners, (Vol. I & II); and (7) Moder LIterary Theories: New Perspectives, (Vol. I & II).

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Title Critical Responses to Kiran Desai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.08.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126912421
length xxx+282p.