Colonialism and Postcolonialism : An Introduction

by : R.K. Jha

ISBN 978-81-7977-534-9

pp. : 114 + vi

Price : Rs. 80.00

List of Contents :


Colonialism :  Concept and Nature
Imperialism : Its Meaning and Impact
Postcolonial Ambiguity and Decolonisation
Impacts of Decolonisation : 1930—1770 The Different Facets of Anti Colonial Struggle
Nature and Impact on Colony
Colonialism and Colonial Discourse : A Dialectic Relation
Postcolonialism : A Dialogic Represent Action of Ideology
Sense, Hegemony and Ideology:  A Discourse on Contradiction and Cohesion
The Concept of Discourse to understand Postcolonialism
Orientalism : A Colonial Discourse—The Distinct features of Orientalism  
Impact of Colonialism in spreading Knowledge
Postcolonial Literature: Genesis and Growth
Postcolonial Study: The Impact on Colony

Race—The Making of Race : The Origin and Significance
Race and Class : Emergence and Its Impact on Colony and Colonizer
Colonialism:  A Helping Hand to Promote Race and Class
Gender and Sexuality : A Study in Colonial Context with Discourse
The Placement of Feminism in Colonial Context
Effects of Colonialism on Feminism in Third World Nations

Hybridity: Genesis and Nature
Literature: Characteristics of Literature in National perspective
The Emergence of Literature : The Elements of Pan-nationalism
Feminism – Emerging as a literary and social force to determine nation

A Brief Introduction to Chinua Achebe
A critique on Colonialist Criticism


A Short History of English Drama

Raghukul Tilak

ISBN 978-81-7977-532-5

pp. : 283 + iv

Price : Rs. 115.00

List of Contents

The Beginnings : A Brief Survey of Pre-Elizabethan Drama
The Rise of National English Drama 
or English Drama Round About Shakespeare
or “University Wits” and Their Contribution
Christopher Marlowe (1564-93)
The Maturity of English Drama
or Drama of the Golden Age
or Elizabethan Drama
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
The Decline of Drama
or Post-Shakespearean Drama (1605-1660)
or English Drama in the Jacobean or the Puritan Age
Ben Jonson (1573-1637) and the Comedy of Humour
John Webster (1580-1637)
John Milton : Samson Agonistes
Restoration Drama (1660-1700) John Dryden and William Congreve
English Drama in the Eighteenth Century
Goldsmith as a Dramatist—Merits and Demerits—Contribution and Achievement
Sheridan as a Dramatist—Merits and Demerits—Contribution and Achievement
Drama in the 19th Century
English Drama in the 20th Century—John Galsworthy and Granville-Barker
Prose Drama : G.B. Shaw (1856-1950)
Poetic Drama : T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
A General Estimate of Cristopher Fry as a Dramatist 
or Fry : His Merits and Demerits—His Real Greatness
Drama Today
or  Post-War English Drama
John Osborne and the Drama of Emotional Protest


Ngugi wa Thiong’o : A GRAIN OF WHEAT

a critical study

by M.G. Vani

ISBN 978-81-7977-531-8

pp. : 175

Price : Rs. 75.00

List of Contents:

An Introduction to Ngugi  wa Thiong’o
A Brief Background to African Literature
The Major Works of  Ngugi wa Thiong’o
An Overview of A Grain of Wheat
Plot Construction in  A Grain of Wheat
The Significance of the Title of  the Novel: A Grain of Wheat
The Narrative technique of A Grain of Wheat
A Grain of Wheat as a Post-Colonial text
Discussion on the Themes : Unity, Betrayal, Sacrifice, Heroism
The Treatment of Women Characters
The Movement
An Evaluation of Critics’ Views on Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A Grain of Wheat : A Detailed Summary with Analysis
Detailed Study of  Characters in the novel
Select Questions with Answers
Select Bibliography


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