Saturday, July 21, 2012

Alumni News, Update 47: Professor De's New Book

The Tenants continue to while away the summer evenings opening the mail while Mary Ann reads aloud from the Collected Works of Robert W. Service.

She was right in the middle of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and some of the younger tenants were getting a bit agitated by the narrative suspense, when, fortunately, one of us came across a big envelope that contained a copy of Aparajita De's co-edited collection Subaltern Vision: A Study in Postcolonial Indian English Text (CAS, 2012), and we all gathered round to admire the cover...

The Book in Question
And to read the very nice blurb on the back....

"The present volume offers a stimulating collection of essays primarily devoted to literary representations of subaltern issues by Indian novelists writing in English and with a particular focus on gender, nation and language. It brings together essays on two writers who have been frequently associated with subaltern concerns, Amitav Ghosh and Mahasweta Devi, and discussions of other internationally acclaimed writers, such as Kiran Desai, Rohinton Mistry and Khushwant Singh, whose work also deals with disparities in Indian society and the problematics of representing this. Subaltern Vision has a valuable contextualizing Preface by Debjani Ganguly. The editor, Aparajita De’s Introduction, both illuminates the evolution to subaltern studies and introduces the individual essays. The volume is a significant intervention in the field and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the ways in which literature has responded to the challenges posed by the widening gap between India’s haves and have nots.”
– John Thieme, Professor, University of East Anglia

We were also pleased that Aparajita included a recent photo of herself, which provoked a big debate about whether it was taken in ancient Athens or contemporary Philadelphia. We'll let you decide:

Congratulations to Dr. De!

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