ANITA DESAI : Clear Light of Day

 a study

R.A. Singh

ISBN 978-81-7977-542-4
pp.: 65 + v
Price : Rs. 45.00

List of Contents:
Anita Desai’s Biographical Note
Anita Desai’s Novels
Anita Desai : The Novelist
A View of Clear Light of Day
A Four Dimensional Novel
A Tale of Sublime Proportions
A Novel of Excellent Literary work
The Softness and Sensitivity of Bimla Das
The Two Dimensional Portraits
The Domestic Drama of Absurdity
The Craft of Fiction
Some Important Lines

A Handbook of English Philology

M.N. Sinha

ISBN 81-85897-71-9
pp. : 208 + viii
Price : Rs. 68.00

List of Contents :

Part I

1.  Introductory : 
I. Introduction to Language—Definition —Functions of Language —Theories of the Origin of Language —Approaches to the Language —Conventional Character of Language.
II. Indo-European Family of Language —Classification —Characteristics —Difference with Germanic —Grimm’s Law (The great Consonant Shift) —Verner’s Law —The Stress-shift.
2. Characteristics : 
I. Characteristics of the English Language.
II. Masculinity of the English Language.
III. Characteristics of Old English.
IV. Linguistic Omnivorousness of English.
3. Foreign Influences : 
I. Causes of Borrowings.
II. Latin Influence.
III. Latin Influence—a help or a hindrance.
IV. Celtic Influence.
V. Scandinavian Influence.
VI. Importance of the Scandinavian loan-words.
VII. French Influence.
VIII. Greek Influence.
IX. Loan-words—milestones of general history.
4. Word-making : 
I. Word-making in English (‘Regular Process’ of word-making)—Composition (Compounds)—Derivation—Back-formations—Shortening—(Root creation)—Telescoping—Conversion.
5. Semantics : 
I. Changes of Meanings— Extension of Meaning —Specialisation of Meaning —Degeneration of Meaning— Elevation of Meaning —Emotional addition and popular misunderstanding.
6. Grammatical Development : 
I. Development of English grammar form chaos to cosmos.
II. Inflectional leveling.
7. Some Makers of English : 
I. The Bible—Shakespeare— Milton.

Part II

1. Contemporary English : 
I. Fashion in Language.
II. Conventional Character of Language.
III. Needed words.
IV. Slang.
V. Fossils.
VI. Value of the study of Place-names.
VII. Standard English.
VIII. American English—American or English ?
IX. Influence of Science and Technology.
X. Expansion of the general English vocabulary in the modern age.
XI. English Today (Present day tendencies and trends).
XII. English Tomorrow (The future of English)— English as a World Language.
2. Short Notes : 
Hybridism— Johnsonese —Euphemism —Malapropism —The History of ing— The Possessive case —The S-ending in Nouns and Verbs —Monosyllabism —The Language of Poetry —Some Innovations in the syntax of the infinitive (Spit infinitive)— Folk-etymology—The Great Vowel Shift—Portmanteau word— Gradation (Ablaut)— Radiation—Basic English—The Principle of Value-stressing—Haplology— Fixed compounds—Free compounds—Doublets —Archaism —Mutation Plurals— Word —Gender.
3. Philological Notes

Questions with Answers


Shakespeare’s Comedies: An Objective Analysis

Dilip Bhatt
Yogesh Thaker

pp. : 142 + x

Price : Rs. 95.00

ISBN 978-81-7977-537-0


OBJECTIVE analysis and information about :

Text, Source, Characters
Actwise-Scenewise Synopsis
Artistic Features
Critical History
Adaptations on the Screen
Recent Major Editions of Shakespearean Text Books
List of Representative Criticism

of  All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale

Topics of Shakespeare’s Comedy

Critical Introduction and Framework
Charecteristics of Shakespeare’s Humour

Chronology of Important Dates
Selected Bibliography

It has been tried to make the matter both academic and entertaining keeping in mind various age groups of its users. This book is expected to be useful for Competitive Exams., Graduate, Post-Graduate, and Research Scholars studying Shakespeare. It is also hoped that the book will find its place on the bookshelves of any aficionado or common reader of Shakespeare.

Dilip Bhatt is a PhD and PhD-MPhil Guide in the subject of English Language and Literature. He's supervised 15 M. Phil. and 8 Ph. D. Students so far. He's been teaching English since 1990. He's been in the Board of Studies and the Textbook Preparation Committees at Undergraduate and Higher Secondary Level for the last 15 years. He's written Books on NET/GSET Examination, Shakespearean Studies and World Literature. He's done UGC Minor Research Project on "Teaching Shakespeare in a CALL Classroom: Its Usage, Advantages, and Challenges". He's given more than 25 Talks on various Topics which have been broadcasted from International Shortwave Radio Stations and All India Radio. He's teaching English at VD Kanakia Arts and MR Sanghavi Commerce College, Savarkundla at present. 

Yogesh Thaker is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English in K.K.Parekh Commerce College at Amreli (Gujarat). He is teaching English Language and Literature at U.G. level since 1993. Presently, he is doing his Ph.D. on the novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His study of interest is English Language and World Literature.
He is also practising Pranic Healing, a branch of inner science founded by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui.


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