ISBN 9788126918072,A Critical Study of the Fictional World of R.K. Narayan

A Critical Study of the Fictional World of R.K. Narayan



Atlantic Publishers & Distributors Pvt Ltd

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9788126918072

ISBN-10 8126918071


Number of Pages 230 Pages
Language (English)


The book is an attempt to analyze and evaluate R.K. Narayan’s fictional world in the light of modern and post-modern concepts. Many books have already been published, containing good scholarly essays on his novels and short-stories. The present book will not only be a step in the same direction, but it will also make the reader think and understand how, even after so much critical work on Narayan during the last three decades, there are many quarters which have not been touched by the critics and scholars so far. The book will take the reader to venture beyond unexplored regions in the fictional world of Narayan. In addition to this, it will also benefit critics who wish to work on Narayan but are unable to find a suitable topic, and whose proposals are generally rejected, with a simple comment that much work has already been done on this writer and there is hardly any scope for further research in this field. The book will be helpful to students of English Literature to know how modern approaches and theories of criticism can be applied to traditional Indian writers. The book contains 16 papers. Some papers are by renowned critics who are already in teaching profession. A couple of papers are by research scholars (working on Narayan for their Doctoral degree), which have been included because of their entirely new approach in this sphere. For a couple of articles, which have been borrowed from journals, the permission has already been taken. These articles have been included because of their relevance and insight.

Table of Contents:
Foreword; Preface; 1. R.K. Narayan’s Fiction: Has the Moment of Re-Assessment Arrived?–Rana Nayar; 2. English Language and British Education: A Postcolonial Interpretation of R.K. Narayan’s The English Teacher–Raju Parghi; 3. What about Our Own Roots? Problematising Education and Philosophy in R.K. Narayan’s The English Teacher–Arun Kumar Mukhopadhyay; 4. Revisiting R.K. Narayan Through Eco-criticism–Kishwar Zafir; 5. Renunciation: An Indian Way: V.S. Naipaul’s Interpretation of R.K. Narayan’s Novel Mr. Sampath–Javaid Ahmad Lone; 6. Decentering the Centre: A Post-structuralist Study of R.K. Narayan’s The Dark Room, The English Teacher and The Guide–Kavitha Gopalakrishnan; 7. Quest for Self in the Novels of R.K. Narayan–Bina Biswas; 8. R.K. Narayan’s The Bachelor of Arts: Regional Ambience, Universal Appeal–C.L. Khatri; 9. Reflection of the Third Space in the Novels of R.K. Narayan–Dhananjay Tripathi; 1. Old Wine in New Bottles: Traditionalism in R.K. Narayan’s Novels–Shyam Bihari Tiwary; 11. R.K. Narayan’s Swami and Friends and The World of Nagaraj: A Re-Reading in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts–Yakaiah Kathy; 12. R.K. Narayan and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay: A Study in Overlapping Landscapes of the Mind–Indrani Mukherji; 13. Spiritual Syndrome in the Fictional World of R.K. Narayan–Harcharan Singh Arora; 14. Modern Version of Hindu Mythology: A Critical Analysis of R.K. Narayan’s The Man-Eater of Malgudi and The Painter of Signs–Rashmi Gupta; 15. Portrayal of Children in the Works of R.K. Narayan–Riyaz Ahmad Kumar; 16. Re-“visioning” Intertextualities in R.K. Narayan’s Novels: Comparative-Cultural Critique–Anand Balwant Patil; List of Contributors

About the Author

Dr. Amandeep Rana is working as Head of Post Graduate Department of English at JC DAV College Dasuya (Hoshiarpur) in Punjab (affiliated to PU Chandigarh). Dr. Rana himself worked on R.K. Narayan for his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from H.P. University, Shimla. He has already published 6 articles on R.K. Narayan in reputed journals. He also organized a UGC sponsored two-day National Conference exclusively on R.K. Narayan. Presently, he is working on a UGC sponsored Research Project.