Authored By: Neeraj Kumar
Year of Publication: 2018
|Pages: 235||Binding: Hardback(HB)|
Category: Literary Criticism & Theory
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Woman, in recent times has been assigned a very reasonable place in the framework of society. She is not regarded as a necessary evil to be tolerated anyhow but as the prime factor in man’s worldly as well as spiritual happiness. Man cannot make any progress if there be no woman by his side ready to co-operate with him in all his activities. The present book attempts to depict critically the various types of women as presented by major Indian women novelists. The writers included in the book are Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, Shashi Deshpande, Nayantara Sahgal, Mahasweta Devi, Arundhati Roy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Taslima Nasrin, Bharati Mukherjee, Rama Mehta, Kiran Desai, Manju Kapur, Anita Nair, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Shobha De and Sudha Murthy. The writers have depicted both the diversity of women and the diversity within each woman, rather than limiting the lives of women to one ideal. Their writings are significant in making society aware of women’s demands and in providing a medium for self-expression. The book offers a comprehensive analysis of a number of relevant feminist writers whose critiques open a new dimension related to various issues like hybridity, otherness, orientalism, diaspora, multiculturalism, dalitism, gender studies and feminism. It will go a long way in providing the readers with a broad spectrum of perspectives having much relevance today. It will undoubtedly prove valuable to the scholars of English literature.
Born and brought up in a respectable family of academicians, Dr Neeraj Kumar (b. 1969) is a Professor in P.G. Dept. of English & Research Centre, Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya. He did his M.A and Ph.D. in 1993 and 2001 respectively from Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya. He has teaching experience of more than 20 years. He has actively participated and presented scholarly research papers in more than forty National and International Seminars and Conferences. He has four books – Women in the Novels of R.K. Narayan, An Objective Approach to English Literature, A Stroll in Jainism and Psychic Odyssey of Women: The Novels of Manju Kapurto his credit, about forty research papers published in reputed Journals. He has supervised seven Ph.D. scholars. He was also selected for the Associateship at IIAS, Shimla for three consecutive years i.e. 2011-2013. He organized two UGC-Sponsored National Seminars in the Dept. of English, Magadh University, Bodh-Gaya in 2012 and 2015 respectively. He is the Executive member of Comparative Literature Association of India for the session 2015-18. He is also Executive member (East Zone) of All Indian Association for English Studies for the session 2014-17. At present he is working on a post-doctoral project entitled “Androcentric Milieu and the Female Psyche: A Comparative Study of Kamala Markandaya’s and Manju Kapur’s Major Novels.” He also edits a literary Journal The Interiors (ISSN 2319-4804) which is published annually. He presented a paper on Dalit Literature and also chaired a session in XXI World Congress organized under the aegis of ICLA at University of Vienna (Austria) during July 21-27, 2016.