VIKRAM SETH – A SUITABLE BOY: new critical anthology

I draw to your attention this new volume, in which I have a contribution: ** ‘Vikram Seth’s "A Suitable Boy": An Anthology of Recent Criticism’ ed. Murari Prasad Details at ** ISBN: 8185753725 Place of Publication: Delhi Publisher: Pencraft International Year of Publication: 2005 Physical Description: 180 pp., Notes; Bibliography Book Format: Hardcover Language: English ** Inner front cover text:** This collection of essays by diverse hands offers a critical appraisal of the disparate range of themes that make Vikram Seth’s panoramic novel, "A Suitable Boy", worth its weight and heft. It examines Seth’s extensive takes on the issues of inter-faith face-off, language politics, colonial hang-over in postcolonial India, modernity and gender inequity, caste prejudices, and several others in this multi-stranded Indian English novel. The interrogation of the author’s mode of narrating the nation with a variety of calling cards is consistently matched with an incisive probe into the complexity of characters and events located in the socio-cultural milieu of the early postcolonial India of nineteen-fifties. Besides, with Seth’s concise literary biography and a comprehensive bibliography for those who wish to explore the text further, this anthology is a resource which the readers and researchers can’t afford not to have. ** Murari Prasad (ed.) ** Murari Prasad is currently associate professor of English in the Faculty of Education in Sana’a University, Republic of Yemen. In India, he has taught English language and literature for over fifteen years at D.S. College, Katihar (Bihar). His professional interest include Indian English Literature as well as American and British fiction. He has published a string of papers, on Amitav Ghosh, V.S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy and contributed on Upamanyu Chatterjee to the Contentsdictionary of Literary Biography (South Asian Writing). His latest project, language of contemporary Indian English Fiction, in addition to a festschrift volume for Professor Damodar Thakur is due to appear in the coming year. ** 1. Jane Austen and Vikram Seth: Uses of Realism in "A Suitable Boy" – Himansu S. Mohapatra and Jatindra K. Nayak 2. "Midnight’s Children" and "A Suitable Boy": Challenges of Rendering India Experience into English – Neelam Srivastava 3. ‘Swimming in a Sea of Language’: Linguistic Aspects of "A Suitable Boy" – Christopher Rollason 4. The Imbalance of Islam: Muslims and Unhappiness in Vikram Seth’s "A Suitable Boy" – Ian Almond 5. Muslims and Unhappiness in Vikram Seth’s "A Suitable Boy: a Response to Ian Almond – Murari Prasad 6. A Feminist Reading of Vikram Seth’s "A Suitable Boy" – Mala Pandurang 7. Passion and Prejudice: Deconstructing the Thematic Unity of "A Suitable Boy" – David Myers 8. Translating India into English: Vikram Seth’s "A Suitable Boy" – Felicity Hand 9. The Social Geography of "A Suitable Boy" – Cielo G. Festino

Added, 6 Feb 07.

A very comprehensive review of this book, reviewer: Dr Prasant K. Sinha,
formerly Professor and Head, Department of English, Pune University, appeared
in the Yemen Times:
Issue 1008, Volume 14, 18 December 2006.

The review is on-line at:

Also at the Yemen Times site is my response to Dr Sinha’s review:

I myself responded positively to this review, again in the Yemen Times, Issue 1021, Volume 14, 1 February 2007, Education Supplement, p.4.


My own contribution to the book can be found on-line at:



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