‘MODERN CRITICISM’, ed. Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli



** Modern Criticism/Christopher Rollason and Rajeshwar Mittapalli. New Delhi, Atlantic, 2002, xii, 304 p., ISBN 81-269-0187-X. ** Contents: Preface. 1. Postmodernism’s linguistic turn/Christine Jones. 2. Teaching a postmodern text/T. Ravichandran. 3. The specter of relativism: a critical review of Norman Holland’s models of reader-response/Nouri Gana. 4. Irony in relevance theory: recurrent features, critical stances and possible research trends/Maria Angeles Ruiz Moneva. 5. Towards an inclusive, multi-functional, sociolinguistic theory of stylistics of fiction/Prakash Chandra Pradhan. 6. Language of drama: a consideration/N.V. Raveendran. 7. The symbolism of literature/Gangadhar Gadgil. 8. Language, identity and African literary theory/Anthonia C. Kalu. 9. The trajectory of African critical discourse in English: an overview/Mala Pandurang. 10. India, Indian, Indianness: problematising the Indian English novelist’s identity/Subhendu Mund. 11. Psychoanalysis and Indian writing in English: promises and possibilities/Rajeshwar Mittapalli. 12. Introductory notes on the application of art criticism to legal research/Damaso Javier Vicente Blanco. 13. Toward an exemplary relationship between the judge and the literary critic/Nouri Gana. 14. Feminist deconstruction and reconstruction of male myths and fairy tales via intertextuality/N. Geetha. 15. The passageways of Paris: Walter Benjamin’s ‘Arcades project’; and contemporary cultural debate in the west/Christopher Rollason. 16. Invisible natures: on Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities/Virgilio Augusto Fernandes Almeida.

** ‘This anthology assembles sixteen essays on different aspects of modern criticism, by some of the best scholars from six countries and four continents. The essays, variously, examine a range of theoretical perspectives, point up key issues in the area of postcolonial literary studies, or open up new interdisciplinary perspectives for the future of criticism. ** Among the critical schools and approaches expounded by the distinguished contributors are postmodernism, reader-response theory, postcolonial theory, psychoanalytic criticism, feminist criticism and Marxist criticism. The concluding essays bring the critical debate right up-to-date by suggesting new critical paths for the internet age.

** The contributors included such reputed experts, from India and abroad, as T. Ravichandran, Nouri Gana, Prakash Chandra Pradhan, N. Raveendran, Gangadhar Gadgil, Anthonia Kalu, Mala Pandurang, Subhendu Mund, Damaso Javier Vicente Blanco, and Virgilio Augusto Fernandes Almeida. This rich and diverse volume will prove an invaluable source of reference and stimulus for further thought, for students and scholars alike.’ (jacket) ** Photos: dust-jacket of the book; and, as my own article is on Walter Benjamin, a shot taken by myself of the Passage Walter Benjamin in Strasbourg, France.

See also the entry for this volume at Google Books (search on title and authors): you will find some eye-catching extracts!

Also: photos of Rajeshwar Mittapalli in London and of myself in Vigo (Spain).


Note added 17 July 2009:

My own essay in this volume, on Walter Benjamin, has been extensively cited in academic milieux. See entries on this blog: 10 October 2005, 20 May 2008 and 16 July 2009.

Note added 17 April 2012:

MODERN CRITICISM is now in the collections of the following libraries:

Cochin University of Science and Technology (Kochi, Kerala), University of Mysore, and
Swami Vivekananda College (Jaghatsinghpur, Orissa) (all in India), BRAC University (Dhaka, Bangladesh)  and Cambridge University (UL) and Trinity College, Cambridge (England).


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