Writers of the Indian Diaspora

A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook

by Emmanuel S. Nelson, ed.


Life, works, themes, and critical reception of fifty writers with cultural roots in India.

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April 1993


Pages 504
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics The Arts/World Literature

The fifty-eight writers included in this new sourcebook have roots in India--or, less frequently, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka--but represent diverse geographical areas of the Indian Diaspora: from the South Pacific to South America, from the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Singapore to the cities and suburbs of London, New York, Johannesburg, and Toronto. Their lives, works, themes, and critical receptions are examined individually but with attention to two central assumptions: that people of the Indian diaspora share a diasporic consciousness generated by a complex network of historical connections, spiritual affinities, and unifying racial memories, and that this shared sensibility is manifested in the cultural productions of the Indian diasporic communities around the world. These concepts, developed by Professor Nelson in a previous study, Reworlding: The Literature of the Indian Diaspora, are here applied to a larger canvas of writers, including major international figures such as V.S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie and talented emerging writers. The writers practice a variety of literary forms and represent a extraordinary diversity of ethnicities, languages, and religious traditions. The women among them contribute the perspective of gender along with the themes of ethnicity, migrancy, and post-coloniality shared with the male writers.

Each entry begins with relevant biographical information on the writer, offers an interpretive summary of the major works, provides an overview of the critical reception accorded the corpus and individual productions, and concludes with detailed primary and secondary bibliographies. A brief appendix lists each writer with place of birth and places of domicile. The introduction to the volume, by Professor Nalini Natarajan, discusses several theoretical issues pertinent to Indian diasporic studies. Of value to all literary collections and scholars, this reference work will be of special interest for post-colonial and Commonwealth studies.

Table of Contents

Meena Alexander by Denise Knight
Agha Shahid Ali by Lawrence D. Needham
Deepchand C. Beeharry by Srimati Mukherjee and David Racker
Sujata Bhatt by Vara Neverow-Turk
Neil Bissoondath by Victor J. Ramraj
Sasthi Brata by Chaman L. Sahni
Nirad Chandra Chaudhuri by Fakrul Alam
Saros Cowasjee by Barry Fruchter
Rienzi Crusz by Uma Parameswaran
Cyril Dabydeen by Srilata Mukherjee
David Dabydeen by Daizal R. Samad
Mahadai Das by Denise deCaires Narain
Anita Desai by Hena Ahmad
G.V. Desani by A.L. McLeod
Leena Dhingra by Jogamaya Bayer
Farruck Dhondy by Jane Carducci
Indira Ganesan by Marilou Briggs Wright
Sudhin Ghose by C. Vijayasree
Zulfikar Ghose by Chelva Kanaganayakam
Amitav Ghosh by Fakrul Alam
Padma Hejmadi (also Padma Perera) by Gurleen Grewal
Ismith Khan by Anthony Boxill
Hanif Kureishi by Alpana Sharma Knippling
Harold Sonny Ladoo by Srimati Mukherjee
Vijay Lakshmi by Anne D. Ulrich
Kamala Markandaya by Premila Paul
Ved Mehta by Joel Shatzky
Rohintan Mistry by Amritjit Singh
Prafulla Mohanti by Asa Briggs
Rooplall Monar by P. Rudy Mattai
Dom Moraes by Kamakshi P. Murti
Bharati Mukherjee by Gita Rajan
Anand Mulloo by Vinay Kirpal
Timeri Murari by Alpana Sharma Knippling
Seepersad Naipaul by Harold Barratt
Shiva Naipaul by David Racker
V.S. Naipaul by Maya Manju Sharma and Frank Palmer Purcell
Suniti Namjoshi by Diane McGifford
Peter Nazareth by John Scheckter
Uma Parameswaran by Diane McGifford
Rajagopal Parthasarathy by Terence Diggory
Essop Patel by Cecil A. Abrahams
Raymond C. Pillai by Srimati Mukherjee
Balachandra Rajan by Uma Parameswaran
Ravinder Randhawa by Jogamaya Bayer
Raja Rao by Anindyo Roy
Santha Rama Rau by Ann O. Gebhard
Salman Rushdie by Anuradha Dingwaney
I. Allen Sealy by Linda Conrad
Vikram Seth by C. Vijayasree
Sharan-Jeet Shan by Rosemary Marangoly George
Samuel Dickson Selvon by Frank Birbalsingh
Kirpal Singh by Rajeev Patke
Subramani by Srimati Mukherjee
Bahadur Tejani by Arlene A. Elder
Shashi Tharoor by Uma Parameswaran
Edwin Thumboo by Koh Buck Song
M.G. Vassanji by Harold Barratt
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