Herman Melville : MOBY DICK

a critical study

by : P.G. Rama Rao

ISBN 978-81-7977-527-1

Price : Rs. 55.00

pp. : 90 + 14

P.G. Rama Rao retired from the P.G. Dept. of English, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, in 1995, after a long and distinguished innings as a teacher of English and American Literature.
His Ph.D. thesis on Hemingway’s narrative technique and his article on “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” were highly acclaimed in Sixteen Modern American Authors (Duke Univ. Press, 1974). A Fulbright Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor in the University of Massachusetts, he studied the Hemingway manuscripts in John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in 1981-82 and 1993, taught the Hemingway course in the University of Massachusetts, and delivered lectures in several American universities. In 1986, on a British Council grant, he visited Oxford and Edinburgh universities, where he delivered a series of lectures. He participated in the MLA Convention and the Hemingway Conference in New York in December 1981, and in the Second and Third International Hemingway Conferences in Italy (1986) and Austria (1988) respectively.
Dr. Rao supervised the doctoral research of many scholars and published a large number of research papers and articles, some of which were included in learned anthologies. Among his publications are the Poetic Rapture (1963), Ernest Hemingway: A Study in Narrative Technique (1980), Narrative Technique in British and American Fiction (1986), Scapes (Poems-1992), A Novel- The Wave and the Hill (1993), The Critic’s Eye (1993). Shri Brahma Vaivartha Purana (2008), My Days in Tulasi Kshetra (2009) and On the Other Side of the Globe (2013).

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is widely acknowledged as a great classic in English letters. According to Somerset Maugham, the famous British writer, it is one of the ten great novels of the world. I taught this novel to successive generations of post-graduate students and enjoyed the experience every time. Later, I had the opportunity of writing correspondence lessons on this novel for the Distance Education Department of Burdwan University a few years ago.
I am thankful to the Director of the Distance Education Programme, Burdwan University for granting me permission to revise the lessons and publish them in the form of a book for the benefit of a larger and wider readership. This book is designed to cater to the needs of the students, teachers, and research scholars engaged in a study of American literature in general and Herman Melville in particular. Besides, this book will serve as a useful handbook for the teachers and students of this great novel.

List of Contents:

The American Fiction of the 19th Century
Herman Melville’s Life & Work
Moby Dick: Special Introduction
Themes in Moby Dick
What happens in Moby Dick?
Critical Approaches
The Style of Moby Dick
Suggested University Questions
Select Bibliography


R.L. STEVENSON : Select Essays

by  Raghukul Tilak

pp.: 280

Price: Rs. 105.00

ISBN 978-81-7977-525-7

List of Contents:

Literary Background or English Essay in the Age of Stevenson
Life and Career of R. L. Stevenson
Works of R. L. Stevenson
Stevenson as an Essayist: Chief Characteristics
Stevenson’s Essays: The Autobiographical Note
Stevenson: His Prose-Style   Or   Stevenson as a Craftsman  Or  
          Stevenson as an Artist in the use of Words

Essays with TEXT, Introduction, Appreciation, Summary, Annotations and Explanations
Walking Tour
An Apology for Idlers
A Plea for Gas Lamps
Random Memories
The Ideal House
El Dorado
Crabbed Age and Youth
Child’s Play
Aes Triplex
A Night Among The Pines (Travels with a Donkey)
A College Magazine
Books Which Have Influenced Me


Margaret Atwood : Bodily Harm

a critical analysis

by  Raj Bahadur Yadav, Kalpana Rajput

pp.: 72

Price: Rs. 35.00

ISBN 978-81-7977-513-4

List of Contents:

A Brief Introduction to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood: Life and Works
“Who survives, who doesn’t?” An Interview with Margaret Atwood By Isabel Slone on August 30, 2013*
Margaret Atwood’s Contribution in Theorizing Canadian Literature
Chief Trends of Margaret Atwood’s Novels
Summary of Bodily Harm
Summary in Hindi
Bodily Harm: A Tale of Survival  Or A Realistic Narration of Two fold Politics
Justification of Title
Character Sketch of Rennie
The Role of Female Protagonist in Bodily Harm
Flashes of Scholars on Margaret Atwood and Her Novels
Suggested University Questions
Short Questions with Answers
Bibliography of Margaret Atwood
Awards & Recognitions


Bharati Mukherjee : JASMINE

A Critical Analysis

Sunita B. Nimavat

ISBN 978-81-7977-517-2

Price: Rs. 50.00,  pp.: 70


Bharati Mukherjee: An Introduction
Bharati Mukherjee’s Major Works
Treatment of Expatriation in Indian English Fiction
A Journey from Expatriate to Immigrant in Bharati Mukherjee’s Works
Major Themes in Bharati Mukherjee’s Novels
Major Characteristics of Bharati Mukherjee’ Novels
Jasmine : A Critical Introduction
Thematic Structure of Jasmine
Characterization in Jasmine
Plot Construction and Structural Design of Jasmine
The Setting and Style of Jasmine
Bharati Mukherjee as a Mainstreem American Writer


J M Coetzee : DISGRACE

A Critical Study

by: R.K. Jha

ISBN 978-81-7977-519-6

PP.: 104

Price: Rs. 60.00

List of Contents:

J M Coetzee: Life and Works
Disgrace: The Title
Disgrace: Plot Construction or Development of the Story
Style and Technique in Disgrace
Summary of the Novel
Major Characters -- Petrus, Lucy, David Lurie
Important University Questions

VIKRAM SETH: From Heaven Lake (Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet)

A Critical Study

by R.K. Jha

ISBN 978-81-7977-510-3

pp.: 88

Price: Rs. 45.00

List of Contents:

Vikram Seth
Travel Literature
The Social and Political Impact of Gang of Four in China
Vikram Seth as the Narrator of From Heaven Lake
Summary of the Travalogue From Heaven Lake with Hints for University Questions
Style in the Travalogue From Heaven Lake 


Forms and Aspects of the NOVEL

Shaleen Kumar Singh

ISBN 978-81-7977-505-9
pp.: 80
Price: Rs. 40.00


What is A Novel? (Form and Techniques)
Elements of the novel

Picaresque Novel 
Historical Novels
Gothic Fiction
Epistolary Novel
Detective Fiction
Campus Fiction
Science fiction 
Space Fiction
Chick Lit
Junk Fiction


University Questions