The article “Zeopod 10: His Dark Materials– Blake and Pullman” written by Jason Whittaker, an author of several books on the subject of Blake, concludes that Pullman 's interest in Blake started long before his writings reflected his work and was even the President of the Blake Society in 2004 (2). It is also mentioned that he has extensively written about the Romantic poet (Whitaker 2). Pullman’s trilogy composed of Northern Lights, known as The Golden Compass in the United States, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass was published between 1995 and 2000. His critically acclaimed The Amber Spyglass was awarded the Whitbread Book of the Year prize in 2002 while The Golden Compass was made into a movie in 2007 (Whittaker 1). The most evidence of Blake’s influence is shown in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
Did you know that probing the literary works of tortured genius writers not only reveals the underlying motivations that spurred the beauty of their works but also help to lend an understanding to the intrigues and controversies that surrounded their lives? For instance, has it occurred to you that Ernest Hemingway’s life experiences amounted to the hallmark of writing themes and styles? The first woman who he wanted to marry during the First World War named Agnes von Kurowsky, left him for another man later on; left Hemingway quite a devastated man. Ironically, it was this devastated feeling that triggered him to write one of his most famous novels A Farewell to Arms. One of the main characters in this novel, Catherine Barkley was inspired by Agnes and the stories were based on his wartime experience.
Theme: Nationalism & Identity Political and Historical Cataclysm in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children M.Vanisree Associate Professor, Department of English, S.V Engineering College for Women, Tirupati. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Salman Rushdie is a multinational writer. He belongs to different cultures. Both his legacy is somewhat disputed and the same replicate in his novels i.e., existential dilemmas of the individual. Rushdie’s characters create angst in the psyche of the readers.
His literal interpretation of his aunt’s metaphoric language led to a host of emotions and confusion on his path to redemption. The essay becomes one of consternation and cynicism toward his religion. Living with his aunt and uncle at the time, Langston was now 13 and ready to be redeemed. Regrettably, the outcome was not as intended. His aunt, being a dutiful, archetypal devout, “spoke of it for days.” (547) She once elucidated, “when you were saved you saw a bright light, and something happened to you inside!
Operation Shylock is Philip Roth’s most complex, convoluted and baffling novel, in which he uses the device of the literary double to parallel his identity and history in the text’s two leading personages. He thereby causes the reader to ponder the provocative and probably insoluble conundrums of fiction’s relation to reality and of autobiography’s role in the working of the literary imagination. Not only does the protagonistnarrator appear under the name, personal history, and likeness of the author as Philip Roth, but from the book’s opening chapter, another man obtrudes with the same name and in the same likeness, with the same gestures and in identical attire. The narrator, Philip, decides to name his double Moishe Pipik, Yiddish for Moses
Dystopian fiction, is a very popular genre, which depicts worlds where society has broken down and generally devalues human beings. There is always a reason to write a dystopian novel. In the modern day world, there are a lot of dystopian fiction writers, for example Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Lois Lowry and etc., but one of the best dystopian fiction writers is Ray Douglas Bradbury. He wrote Fahrenheit 451, one of the most popular dystopian novels ever written. Bradbury was afraid of the technology and was against the mass-media propaganda in the USA, but it all started from the time period he lived in.
Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He combines Magical realism with historical fiction his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern world and Western civilization. His fourth novel, The Satamic verses 1988, was the subject of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwa calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader, on 14th February 1989. June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knight him for his services to literature.
ABSTRACT Representing multicultural communities and the resultant displacement in any book by the writers is a matter of quest and an urgent question in Diasporic literatures to get an answer for. There are certain ubiquitous and mundane characteristics and also some contradictions among the people, nations, groups, or continents. Nation has been considered as a form of “restrictively imagined collectivities” (Anderson 147) by Amitav Ghosh in “A correspondence on provincializing Europe”. Some writers started writing, discussing in their literature, the concept of displacement and the many difficulties involved in it. I am presenting Amitav Ghosh as one such novelist who brought it in his novels and through the imaginary characters displaying
It was the first English novel written on the theme of Partition and portrays its venomous impact with scathing irony and unrelenting realism. He intends to give voice to the heart rending physical tortures and psychological outbursts that plagued the nation, with skilful artistry. Widely accepted as one of the classics of modern Indian fiction, Train to Pakistan is a brilliant account of the exhilarating experience of human tragedy. The post-partition exodus across the border erupting violent riots is quite depressive and Singh enacts this saddened episodes through the stories of his characters in excruciating detail. He articulates the intensity of enormous tragedy that unfolds with Mano Majra, a sleepy village suddenly waking to the horrors that the partition caused.
The narrative in Indian languages has had a very widespread and altered history. There are many human groups who are writing, freckled athwart the world level, but as far as Indian perspective and art of narrative discourse is anxious, the little has been written on rhetoric and literary criticism. Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, a contentious modern writer, is tremendously recognized for with several path breaking attempts in literature. Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan drew the first models of character and elaborated the strange sagacity of the Indian novel. They played incredibly decisive role in the narratology.