Sunday, December 2, 2001
through different eyes
Review by M.L.Raina
edited by Jean E.Howard & Scott Cutler Shershow.
Routledge, London and New York. Pages xii+304. $ 27.95.
abide our question/ Thou art free" — Matthew Arnold. Is
he, really? Quite often, the bard has been wheeled around in the
shopping trolleys of gossip and rumour-mongers, ideologues and
interpreters and, in our time, the peddlers of post-modern, post-structuralist,
new historicist and feminist merchandise. He has been deglamourised
and brought down from his pedestal by critics, stage directors and
as a cultural construct
Review by Surinder S.
Culture, Space and the
Nation-State: From Sentiment to Structure
by Dipankar Gupta. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pages 282. Rs 445.
are not merely geographical entities having marked boundaries or
political entities with sovereign identities. Nations come into
existence only when those living in the given geographical and
political territory identify with them. Or, in other words, a
political territory can be described as a nation only when it has
successfully mobilised a nationalist sentiment which is essentially
a culture process.
his "Guide" and guideless
Review by R.P.
The Writerly Life — Selected Non-Fiction of R.K. Narayan
edited by S. Krishnan, Viking, New Delhi. Pages 518. Rs 395.
I sat down on October 10 to write the review of R.K. Narayan’s
selected non-fiction, I suddenly remember that it is the birth
anniversary of the master short story-teller and the novelist. This
review is a tribute to RKN who had a quiet demise this May at the
age of 90 plus. RKN’s writing career spanned seven illustrious
decades from the 1930s to the 1990s.