Description : The Fictional Scene In England, Immediately After The Second World War, Makes An Interesting Reading. Many Critical Studies Have, In Great Depth, Investigated The Historical Processes To Highlight The Various Directions The Novelists Moved In Then. At The Same Time, There Was A Concurrent And A Deliberate Attempt On The Part Of These Novelists To Discard The Heritage Of 'Modernism.' Iris Murdoch, Who Is One Of The Most Prominent Novelists Of This Period, Also Shared The Distrust Of Her Contemporaries For The So-Called Literary Radicalism. However, She Remains Distinct As A Writer Among Her Contemporaries, In Her Awareness Of The Problems Of The Novel And Language, In Her Adherence, Both To The Idealism About Human Potentiality And Perfectibility That Liberal Humanism Had Contained. But She Is Also Conscious Of The Limited Individual Capacity To Reach That Ideal. Her Creative Career Is Marked By Her Desire To Bring Back To The Novel, Some Of Its Earlier Comprehensive Vision Of Life, Society And Human Character.The Present Book Attempts To Reveal Those Important Areas Of Murdoch'S Thought Which Set Her Apart From Other Novelists Writing At That Time. Her Search For Literary Metaphors Which Aim At Restoring To Novel Some Of Its Lost Moorings Is A Significant, Almost Iconoclastic Effort. Taking Help From Her Non-Fictional Treatises, An Attempt Has Been Made In This Book To Highlight The Platonic Burden Of Her Literary And Aesthetic Creed.
Description : A Prominent Experience Of The Post-War European Generation Was The Acute Inquiry About Whether Life Was Intrinsically Good Or Evil, And Of The Good And Evil Combining To Make The World What It Is. These Divided Moral Forces Figure Distinctively In The Fiction Of Iris Murdoch, One Of The Most Prolific And Serious Contemporary Novelists. She Examines The Nature Of, And The Relations Between Good And Evil, Innocence And Experience, God And The Devil. This Book Explores The Concepts Of Good And Evil As Presented By Murdoch In Relation To The Structure Of Christian Theology Pertaining To The Same Concepts.Murdoch S World Is Not An Isolated World And It Is One That Is Open To Humane And Communal Fraternity. She Questions The Relationships That Humans Have With The Center Along With The Centrality Of Many Of Our Human Assumptions. She Recognizes At The Same Time The Deep Human Need To Be Continually Reseeking And Redefining The Center. She Also Denotes Several Themes In Her Text. These Include Elements Of Comedy, Love, Myth, Magic And The Supernatural.The Present Book Attempts To Delve Into The Experiences Of The Post-War European Mind And The Dilemma Between Good And Evil Through Texts Of Iris Murdoch. Beginning With An Introduction To Murdoch As A Novelist And Her Contribution To Literature, The Book Elucidates And Validates The Concepts Of Good And Evil In The Backdrop Of Christian Religion In Her Selected Texts. In Addition, It Analyses The Greek And Hebrew Traditions As Well As Language Content Of The Characters. The Book Will Undoubtedly Prove Useful To Students, Teachers And Researchers Of English Literature.
Description : This book challenges experiential, esoteric and colloquial understandings of mysticism by bringing a fresh relevance to the term through an interdisciplinary dialogue between literature, mysticism and theology in the context of postmodernity. In order to achieve this, the author takes selected writings of Iris Murdoch, Denise Levertov and Annie Dillard, and incorporates them into various stages of a redesigned mystic way. The fourteenth-century mystic Julian of Norwich is invoked throughout as a role model whom these three writers seek to emulate as popular writers, contemplatives and theologians. As theologians who are concerned with the pressing issues of our age, Grace Jantzen, Dorothee Soelle and Sallie McFague are drawn on as conversation partners to complete the three-way discussion. The author maintains that understanding the writing and reading of creative texts in the context of practical mysticism facilitates an integrated approach to the use of literature for theological expression.
Description : "This book aims to put the fiction back into utopian fictions. While tracing the development of fiction in the writing of modern utopias, especially in Britain, it seeks to demonstrate in specific ways how those utopias have become increasingly literary--possibly as a reaction not only against the "social scientification" of modern utopias but also in reaction against the modern attempt to institute "utopia" in reality, notably in the former Soviet Union but also in consumerist, late-twentieth-century America. After an introductory discussion of how we understand--and how we should understand--modern utopian fictions, the book provides several examples of the ways in which those understandings affect our appreciation of utopian fiction."--Jacket.
Description : Arun Joshi S Fictional World Is Most Strange. Peeling The Multiple Layers Of Artificiality, His Protagonists Seek To Confront The Mystery Of Life Beyond The Last Labyrinth. His Work Represents A Unique Depiction Of The Dual Between The Internal And The External, The Intuitive And The Imposed. He Catches The Bewilderment Of The Individual Psyche, Confronted With The Overbearing Socio-Cultural Environment And The Ever-Beckoning Modern Promise Of Self-Gratification/Self-Fulfilment. In The Face Of This Dual Onslaught His Protagonists Ratan, Billy Biswas, Som, Sindi Oberoi And Others Are Seen Poised Tantalizingly At Different Junctures Of The Philosophic Spectrum.Applying Sociological, Psycho-Analytic, Structural And Other Approaches Of Formal Textual Analysis, The Essays In The Present Anthology Take A Fresh Look At Arun Joshi'S Works, Revealing Areas And Stances, Hitherto Left Unexplored, Offer Critical Insights Into The Working Of The Protagonists' Minds, Besides Scrutinizing The Rhetorical Devices And Formal Strategies, Deployed By The Novelist For Coalescing The Matter With The Manner.An Indispensable Source-Book For Students, Researchers And Teachers Of Indian English And Commonwealth Literature In General And Arun Joshi In Particular.An Insightful And Thought-Provoking Casebook For Researchers In Philosophy, Psychology And Sociology.
Description : This book provides a concise and highly readable reassessment of Iris Murdoch's engagement with philosophy throughout her life and proposes that she was, most importantly, a philosophical novelist. By investigating her use of philosophical argument in her fictional writing, it becomes clear that her narratives always depend upon a strong metaphysical underpinning. Leeson proceeds thematically through the philosophical phases of Murdoch's life and develops a clear argument that Murdoch reacts against the philosophies of Sartre, Plato, Nietzsche and Heidegger not only in her philosophical writings but also in her fiction. Indeed, it is in her fiction that her philosophical argument is most persuasive and accessible. This timely study provides new information regarding Murdoch's engagement with Martin Heidegger and also provides a detailed critique of critics who have overlooked Murdoch's engagement with philosophy within her fiction.
Description : "The study concludes that just as it is generally difficult to classify the genders and sexualities of Murdoch's characters, the author's narrative style also evades classification under traditional rubrics of gender or artistic achievement."--Jacket.
Description : Dr. Mulk Raj Anand, Through His Rare Prolificity, Bold Experimentation And Aesthetic Sensibility, Has Made Immense Contribution To Indian As Well As World Literature In English. His Choice Of Unconventional Subjects And Characters Has Been Determined By His Dickensian Humanistic Philosophy. He Set Up New Trends By Introducing Negative Hero/Anti-Hero In His Novels. His Fictional World Is Peopled By Characters From Various Strata Of Society From The Lowest To The Highest Rungs In The Hierarchy. Anand Has Revealed Exceptional Psychological Insight In The Portrayal Of These Characters Who Once Were Real Men And Women And Are Not Mere Phantoms Of Fantasy. However, His Otherwise Authentic And Objective Delineation Of Characters, At Places, Gets Marred When His Reformistic Vigour Supersedes His Aesthetic Integrity Resulting In A Serious Injury To The Integritas, Consonantia And Claritas The Chief Requisites Of A Work Of Art.The Present Book The Novels Of Mulk Raj Anand Traces Both The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Dr. Anand As A Novelist And Studies His Protagonists In The Perspective Of Other Aspects Of His Novels. It Would Be Highly Useful For Students, Teachers And Researchers In The Field Of English Literature.