Contemporary Critics and Critical Theories

Comprehensive Study Material for M.A., M.Phil. and NET aspirants

by : Dushyant Nimavat

ISBN 978-81-7977-600-1
Price : Rs. 165.00
pp. : 258 + vi

Contents :

J.M. Murry’s views on Pure Poetry
Allen Tate on ‘Tension in Poetry’
Lionel Trilling’s views in ‘Sense of the Past’
‘Intentional fallacy’ by Wimsatt and Beardsley.
Frank Kermode on ‘Dissociation of  Sensibility’
Role of a critic according to Helen Gardner.
Jonathan Culler’s views in ‘Structuralism and Literature’
A note on Modernism
A note on Sociological criticism
Russian Formalism
John Crowe Ransom’s views on Criticism
T.S. Eliot and his ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’
I.A. Richards on ‘The Four Kinds of Meaning’
Marxist Criticism
Psycho-analytical School of Criticism
‘Stylistics’ by H.K. Widdowson.
Derrida’s theory of Deconstruction.
Roland Barthes’ ‘The Death of the Author’
Northrop Frye’s Archetypal Literary Criticism
Jean Paul Sartre’s Existentialistic Philosophy
Roman Ingarden’s contribution to Phenomenology
Rene Welleck as a critic
Theodor W. Adorno as a Western Marxist Theorist and Philosopher
Louis Althusser as a Marxist philosopher
Antonio Gramsci as a Marxist Critic
Jacques Lacan as a Psychoanalytical Critic
Gayatri Spivak as a Post-colonial Theorist
Homi Bhabha as a Post-colonial Theorist
Edward Said’s views on ‘Orientalism’
Ferdinand de Saussure’s Linguistic Theories
Frantz Fanon’s Theory of Decolonization
F.R. Leavis and Moral Formalism
Mikhail Bakhtin as a Russian Formalist
Georgy Lukacs as a Marxist Critic and Theoretician
Simone de Beavoir as a Feminist Philosopher and Critic
Germaine Greer as a Feminist
Julia Kristeva’s contribution to Feminism
Luce Irigaray and her contribution to Feminism
Toril Moi’s views in ‘What’s a Woman?’ and ‘Sexual /Textual Politics’
Bell Hooks’ Feminist Theory in ‘Aint I a woman?’
Critical concept and terms.
Major 20th century critics and their key texts

Dr. Dushyant Nimavat is an associate professor in English, Department of English, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad Gujarat. He has written 35 research papers and articles in journals and books. He has also 9 books to his credit. He has been associated with seven international research journals as a member of editorial board. He is also interested in motivational seminars and has conducted seminars for students in association with reputed print media houses like Indian Express and The Times of India. He is interested in comparative literature, diaspora and cultural writings, communication skills, translation studies and use of ICT in teaching. His doctoral study is on Diasporic sensibilities in the poetry of Meena Alexander, Sujata Bhatt, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Moniza Alvi.

A Handbook of The Indian Poetics and Aesthetics

Theories of Rasa, Dhvani, Alamkaras. Riti, Vakrokti and Aucitya etc.

by: Ami Upadhyay

ISBN 978-81-7977-601-8
Price : Rs. 125.00
pp. : 178 + xiv


Part I
What is Aesthetics? Characteristics and Brief History
The Background of Indian Poetics
A Brief Survey of Indian Poetics
Definitions of Poetry
The Causes of Poetry
The Purpose of Poetry
Attributes of a Poet (Kavi)
Genres of Literary Works (Kavya Bheda)
The Process of  Creation of Poetry
The Classification of Arts
Natya, Nataka and Kavya
Siddhis : The Purpose of Art
Vrittis and Pravittis
Abhinaya and Dance in India
Arts : Auditory, Visual and Audio-Visual

Part II
Various Schools in Indian Poetics
Rasa in Vedas, Upanishadas and Ayurveda
Rasa as Ananda
Rasanispatti and Rasasvada
The Rasa Theory
Sringara Rasa (Erotic Sentiment)
Karuna Rasa (The Pathetic Sentiment)
Raudra and Vira Rasa (The Terrible and the Heroic)
Hasya Rasa and Adbhuta Rasa (The Comic and The Marvellous)
The Bhayanaka and the Bibhatsa Rasa (The Terrible and the Odious) 
Santarasa (The Tranquil)
The Concept of Structure Underlying The Natyashashtra
The Natyas as Conceived by Bharata
Plot According to Bharata
Bharata’s Views Regarding Characters
Bharata’s Views About Diction
Ten Guna (Merits) according to Bharata in a Play-wright
Ten Dosas (faults) in a Play-wright according to Bharata
Four Styles According to Bharata
Figures of Speech available to the Dramatist according to  Bharata
The Use of Language in the Work of Art according to Sanskrit Poetics
Para, Pasyanti, Madhyama and Vaikhari
Relationship Between Sabda and Artha
Dandin as a Poetician (Dandin’s views on Art in his Kavyadarsa)
Alamkara School of Poetics
Riti School of Poetics and Vamana’s Philosophy of Poetry
Dhvani School of Anandavardhana
Kuntaka’s Theory of Vakrokti
Abhinavagupta’s Contribution to Indian Poetics
The Theory of Aucitya (Ksemendra’s Contribution to Indian Poetics)
Rajasekhara’s Kavyamimansa
Vishwanatha as a Poeticianb (His typography of Various Genres of Kavya)
Pandit Jagannatha’s Contribution to Indian Poetics
Hemachandra Acharya’s Contribution to Indian Poetics and Grammar
Ananda Coomaraswamy as a Modern Aesthetician and Art Historian
Indian and Western Literary Criticism and Poetics (A Brief Comparative Study)

Part III
Major Indian Theorists and their Works  (Aesthetics/ Poetics and Commentaries
Bharata’s Natyasastra (Division and Contents)
Glossary of Important Terms of Indian Poetics
Selected Bibliography

Prof. Ami. U. Upadhyay is a young dynamic Professor of English. She is working as a professor of English and Director, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. At present, she is shouldering the responsibility of I/C registrar of the university also. She has presented papers and participated in more than 65 International, National and State Level Conferences and seminars. She has been invited as a keynote/plenary speaker and resource person for more than 55 seminars/workshops/conferences. She has more than 30 publications in form of research papers, articles and books to her credit. She offers her services as an editor and reviewer to many national and international journals of repute. She is associated with many renowned academic institutes/universities as a Member of Board of Management, Member of Board of Studies, Member of Academic Planning Board, Member of Academic Councils etc. She is also a member of various academic and professional bodies like IACS, CLAI etc. Her areas of interest are Feminism, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Adaptation of Literature in various forms, Translation Studies, Gender Studies, ELT, Communication Skills and Various Teaching Methodologies with special reference to English Language Teaching. Her interest in Interdisciplinary studies has encouraged her to contribute in various fields of knowledge. She is also an adept classical dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. She has performed and earned recognition as a classical dancer at National level.


My Two Novels of Ideas



ISBN 978-81-7977-603-2

Price: Rs. 950.00

pp. : 574 + xviii

Excerpts from Author’s Preface

I am presenting with pleasure The Coexistence and The Chhattisgarh, my two novels of ideas, in the same volume because of their identical nature in several ways. The blueprint of live and let live is the central theme and has been discussed from several aspects in the country of Raghu’s adoption, Canada, as well as in Raghu’s country of birth, India. In other words, the theme is the same in both the novels. Both these novels have similarities, particularly in tone and values, though the first novel is set in Canada and the second in India. Their main themes are identical and can be traced to India. Both are philosophical and their protagonists is Raghu from India.
As I have mentioned above, The Coexistence is set primarily in Canada but its protagonist Raghu is from India. He provides a blueprint to live and let live. About two thousand and five hundred years ago, Buddha and Mahavira taught this ideology.  About five hundred years after Buddha and Mahavira, Jesus Christ manifested its glory on the mount of limitless compassion and forgiveness. He was crucified. Karamchand Gandhi and others in different countries embraced the philosophy to live and let live. Gandhi was assassinated. The Coexistence is about world peace, and it focusses on live and let live.
After The Coexistence, I selected a mythological region of India to work on my blueprint of live- and-let-live. My fiction The Chhattisgarh is about the rich mythology of India, the rajas, the macabre rituals of witchcraft, the assassination of Maharaja Pravir, the prophecies concerning Kohinoor, and a legend that connects Kohinoor with Lord Krishna. Above all, The Chhattisgarh is about politics, and Aboriginal peoples, called the Adivasi.
I believe that peace is the child of justice and freedoms and my interest in peace is tightly tied with my days in New Delhi. I have not said much about my early life, because that is to reincarnate the silent wrenching pains.  My subsequent novel The Chhattisgarh is also based on the ideology of peace. For its purpose I use the exotic nature of the mythologies around the jungles of Chhattisgarh, where the mega players of the Hindu epic Ramayana had ambled, as did Rajneesh Osho, a mystic of today. The Chhattisgarh is also about love between an Indian married professor, who believes in the five thousand year old theory of detachment that has impacted most Indians, and Raghu, an India-born Canadian writer, who believes that the theory of detachment had sedated citizens to yield to dehumanizing external aggressions, and has resulted in the domestic political, business and social disconnections. Raghu questions the theory of detachment, because it also violates the central precept of live and let live. 

Stephen Gill, author of both these novels, is self-exiled multiple award-winning Indo/Canadian poet, fiction-writer and essayist. He has authored more than twenty-five books, including fictions, literary criticism, and collections of poems, and is the subject of doctoral dissertations, and research papers. Twelve books of critical studies have been released by book publishers on his works and more are on the way.  The focus of Stephen Gill’s writing is love and peace to outline a blueprint for his ideology of live and let live. Some of his Urdu/Hindi poems on the similar way of thinking have been performed by singers and musicians.

Stephen Gill was born in Sialkot, now in Pakistan. His parents moved to New Delhi, India, to be in a calmer area. Remorseless brutalities on both sides of the border hardened the hearts of both the Hindus and Muslims, resulting in an intense atmosphere also for Christians.

Stephen Gill began to find ways to run away from the murderous religious rage to grow as a creative writer to spread his message of peace. He has not said much about his early life, because that is to reincarnate the silent wrenching pains. He however has painted some gruesome realities of these silent wrenching pains in some of his prefaces, particularly of the collections of his poems, and has also touched in his interviews, depicting here and there in his novels. It is the bitterness of the water of the early life that runs in the arteries of Stephen Gill’s writings. That bitterness in different forms often emerge in his dreams. He does not want to see that bitterness happening again in his life. The “silent wrenching pains” of his early life has kept Stephen Gill as a prisoner of fear even when he came abroad.


Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

Text with Prose Translation, Introduction and Notes

S.P. Sen Gupta

ISBN 978-81-7977-597-4

Price: Rs. 70.00

pp.: 154 + vi

List of Contents:

What is Romance?
Arthurian Romances
A Critical Appreciation of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight 
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight as a Novel
Alliteration in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight as a Romance
Courtly Love, Courtesy and Chivalry in Sir Gawain
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight as an Allegory
The Vegetation Aspect of the Green Knight
The Story of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
The Prose Translation of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight
The Text
Some Notes


TOPONYMICS: A Branch of Onomastics

A Linguistic Study


N.S. Sahu

ISBN 978-81-7977-595-0

Price : Rs. 350.00

pp. : 170 + xxii

In this book, author has tried to bring to the problem a worked-out theory of meaning as well as of the phenomenon of naming and reference. It suggests a way of fitting a theory of proper names into general framework. The importance of this study is for a better understanding of contemporary religion, history and culture. The compound, complex and phrasal place-names found in the twin districts of Raipur and Durg concern themselves with human coordination and commands of enterprising acts and are of great historical significance.

The book is a linguistic probe to look into the realms of the place-names in particular and names in general to formulate an opinion from the structural, semantic, linguistic, socio-linguistic and psycho-linguistic view-points. A leak of relatively more informations is traced out to discover the antiquity more precisely than history can afford.


What’s in a Name

Study of The Place-Names : A Genre in Onomastic Science

Socio-Cultural Milieu

Linguistic Boundary of the Dialect of Chhattisgarhi

Structure of The Place-Names

Nature and Types of The Place-Names in the Districts of Raipur and Durg
Classifications of The Place-names

Sociology of The place-names

Source study of the Place-names


EVERYMAN -- A Morality Drama of Middle English Literature

with Prose Translation, Notes, Comments  and Critical Essays

by : S.P. Sen Gupta

ISBN 978-81-7977-314-7

Price : Rs. 50.00

pp. : 109 + xi

List of Contents:

Translation of Everyman
The Story of Everyman
The Growth of Drama : Miracle and Mystery
The Rise of Morality Plays
Everyman as a Morality Play
A Critical Appreciation of Everyman
Everyman as a Parable
Everyman as an Allegory
The Structure of Everyman
The Character of Everyman
Everyman as a Tragedy
Select Critiques
Select Passages from Everyman with Explanatory Notes and Comments
Select Bibliography


Chaman Nahal's AZADI

A Tragic Saga of Partition and Fractured Freedom

by: R.K. Jha

ISBN 978-81-7977-590-5

Price : Rs. 98.00 (for students)
        : Rs. 175.00 (for Institutes and Libraries)

pp. : 146 + vi

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List of Contents:

Chaman Nahal  :  Life and Works

The Genesis of Partition:
The Creation of Two Nations

Azadi  : The Partition Novel

Summary of the Novel : I to XII

The Art of Characterisation

The Major Characters and the Minor Characters

Style and Technique of the Novel Azadi