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R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Ranga Rao


This is a definitive study of the novelist R.K. Narayan and his art. Drawing upon his five decades of sustained interest and research on Narayan and his own experience as a novelist and short-story writer, Ranga Rao offers detailed critical analyses of Narayan’s fifteen novels and novellas, all of which are widely prescribed and studied in schools, colleges, and universities across the world; some of these works, especially the five ‘pre-Independence’ novels, Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, and Mr. Sampath, are grossly underrated and misinterpreted ... More

Keywords: R.K. Narayan, R.K. Narayan’s novels and novellas, postcolonial literature, Indian novel in English, gunas comedy, sattva, rajas, tamas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199470754
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ranga Rao, author
Visiting faculty at the Department of English, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Andhra Pradesh