Writers of the Indian Diaspora: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

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The fifty-eight writers included in this new sourcebook have roots in India--or, less frequently, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka--but represent diverse geographical areas of the Indian Diaspora: from the South Pacific to South America, from the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Singapore to the cities and suburbs of London, New York, Johannesburg, and Toronto. Their lives, works, themes, and critical receptions are examined individually but with attention to two central assumptions: that people of the ...

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Overview

The fifty-eight writers included in this new sourcebook have roots in India--or, less frequently, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka--but represent diverse geographical areas of the Indian Diaspora: from the South Pacific to South America, from the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Singapore to the cities and suburbs of London, New York, Johannesburg, and Toronto. Their lives, works, themes, and critical receptions are examined individually but with attention to two central assumptions: that people of the Indian diaspora share a diasporic consciousness generated by a complex network of historical connections, spiritual affinities, and unifying racial memories, and that this shared sensibility is manifested in the cultural productions of the Indian diasporic communities around the world. These concepts, developed by Professor Nelson in a previous study, Reworlding: The Literature of the Indian Diaspora, are here applied to a larger canvas of writers, including major international figures such as V.S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie and talented emerging writers. The writers practice a variety of literary forms and represent a extraordinary diversity of ethnicities, languages, and religious traditions. The women among them contribute the perspective of gender along with the themes of ethnicity, migrancy, and post-coloniality shared with the male writers.

Each entry begins with relevant biographical information on the writer, offers an interpretive summary of the major works, provides an overview of the critical reception accorded the corpus and individual productions, and concludes with detailed primary and secondary bibliographies. A brief appendix lists each writer with place of birth and places of domicile. The introduction to the volume, by Professor Nalini Natarajan, discusses several theoretical issues pertinent to Indian diasporic studies. Of value to all literary collections and scholars, this reference work will be of special interest for post-colonial and Commonwealth studies.

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The 58 writers included in this sourcebook have roots in India but represent diverse geographical areas of the Indian Diaspora. Their lives, works, and themes are examined individually but with attention to their shared diasporic consciousness as manifested in their literary productions. Included are major international figures such as V.S. Naipul and Salman Rushdie, and talented emerging writers. The introduction discusses theoretical issues pertinent to Indian diasporic studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313279041
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/1993
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

EMMANUEL S. NELSON is Associate Professor of English at State University College at Cortland, NY.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Reading Diaspora
Meena Alexander 1
Agha Shahid Ali 9
Deepchand C. Beeharry 15
Sujata Bhatt 23
Neil Bissoondath 29
Sasthi Brata 35
Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri 43
Saros Cowasjee 53
Rienzi Crusz 59
Cyril Dabydeen 65
David Dabydeen 71
Mahadai Das 79
Anita Desai 85
G. V. Desani 95
Leena Dhingra 103
Farrukh Dhondy 107
Indira Ganesan 115
Sudhin N. Ghose 123
Zulfikar Ghose 129
Amitav Ghosh 137
Padma Hejmadi (also Padma Perera) 147
Ismith Khan 153
Hanif Kureishi 159
Harold Sonny Ladoo 169
Vijay Lakshmi 175
Kamala Markandaya 181
Ved (Parkash) Mehta 199
Rohinton Mistry 207
Prafulla Mohanti 219
Rooplall Monar 225
Dom Moraes 229
Bharati Mukherjee 235
Anand Mulloo 243
Timeri Murari 249
Seepersad Naipaul 255
Shiva Naipaul 261
V. S. Naipaul 271
Suniti Namjoshi 291
Peter Nazareth 299
Uma Parameswaran 305
Rajagopal Parthasarathy 311
Essop Patel 317
Raymond C. Pillai 323
Balachandra Rajan 331
Ravinder Randhawa 337
Raja Rao 343
Santha Rama Rau 357
Salman Rushdie 363
I. Allan Sealy 385
Samuel Dickson Selvon 391
Vikram Seth 401
Sharan-Jeet Shan 407
Kirpal Singh 413
Subramani 419
Bahadur Tejani 425
Shashi Tharoor 433
Edwin Thumboo 439
M. G. Vassanji 445
Appendix: Domicile and the Diasporic Writers 451
Selected Bibliography 455
Index 457
About the Contributors 465
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