On-line resources for the study of RAJA RAO: work of LETIZIA ALTERNO


Those interested in the work of Raja Rao (1908-), one of the most important practitioners of Indian Writing in English, noted especially for his philosophical depth, and author of such major novels as ‘Kanthapura’ (1938), ‘The Serpent and the Rope’ (1960) and ‘The Cat and Shakespeare’ (1965), may wish to visit the following two very useful sites.


1) http://rajarao.free.fr/


This site, ‘A TRIBUTE TO RAJA RAO’, is conceived by Letizia Alterno and designed by Yann Bezin. Letizia Alterno (M. Phil., Kakatiya University, Warangal, India; thesis on Raja Rao; photo above) is currently working on a book on the novelist, to be published in India by Foundation Books. She is also a member of the editorial team of The Atlantic Literary Review, Delhi – see entry in this blog for 4 October 2005. The site includes a very full primary and secondary bibliography and the complete text of a fascinating study of ‘The Cat and Shakespeare’ by Letizia Alterno (previously published in Kakatiya Journal of English Studies), as well as a useful selection of links.


2) http://www.rajarao.com/


This is the official Raja Rao website, also maintained by Letizia Alterno and with major input from David Iglehart, R. Parthasarathy and other important Rao scholars. It is sponsored in part by The Raja Rao Publication Project (University of Texas at Austin): ‘The Raja Rao Publication Project at The University of Texas is working to make all of Raja Rao’s writings, especially those still unpublished, available to readers around the world who are interested in his fiction and thought. The task of the project is to organize, edit, and secure publication for Raja Rao’s unpublished novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and correspondence.’ The site includes a biography and chronology, a bibliography, comments on Raja Rao’s philosophy and art, a preliminary inventory of the author’s still-unpublished manuscripts, and a panoply of links.


‘I write to you, at the hour of dusk, the auspicious hour, because it is non-dual, and therefore transcendent: the moment when the day and night do not meet, but leave a depth of silence, and so the edge of sound, lingering towards its origins. It’s a noble hour because it affirms the unnameable.’  – Raja Rao, 1988




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