This volume examines the craft and concerns of the Indian American fictionist Jhumpa Lahiri. Nuances of human relationships (largely under diasporic tensions), longing and nostalgia for the homeland, alienation and marginality in the host country, 'difficulties of existence' in various processes of hybridization, layered communication in chronological narrativity are some of the many aspects of Lahiri's writing interrogated in this volume. In addition to two general essays on her art and two interviews with her, the Anthology carries a large number of close critical studies of Lahiri's widely acclaimed books, Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake, from varied yet interrelated points of view.
Nigamananda Das teaches in the Department of English, Nagaland Central University, Kohima. He has authored several books including The Poetry of jayanta Mahapatra : Imagery and Vision, and edited the Contemporary Indian Writing in English : Trends, Concepts and Techniques. Areas of his interest include Contemporary Theory, ELT, Translation Studies and Postcolonial Literature.
1. Diasporic Dynamism in Representing India : The Narrative World of Jhumpa Lahiri/Jaydeep Chakrabarty
2. Deeply Different, Deeply Similar : Jhumpa Lahiri's "A Real Durwan" and Rajee Seth's "Baahree Log"/Raji Narasirmhan
I. INTERPRETER OF MALADIES :
3. Family as Space in Jhumpa Lahiri's Short Stories/Himadri Lahiri
4. Where's Home? Patterns of Loss and Longing in Interpreter of Maladies/Reetamoni Narzary
5. Matrix of Sexuality in Interpreter of Maladies/Binda Sah
6. The Metaphor of Pain : Reflections on Interpreter of Maladies/Buddhadeb Roychondhury
7. An Interpretation of Interpreter of Maladies/Zinia Mitra
8. Generations in Diaspora : Perspectives of Child Characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's Stories/Shahnawaz Begum
II. THE NAMESAKE :
9. The Namesake : A Mosaic of Marginality, Alienation, Nostalgia and Beyond/Mansing G. Kadam
10. Contra-acculturation in Immigrant Sensibility : A Study of The Namesake/Bhagabat Nayak
11. Trauma of Diasporic Existence in The Namesake/Binda Sah
12. Identity and Naming Culture in The Namesake/Krushna Chandra Mishra
13. Two Interviews with Jhumpa Lahiri
1. Jaydeep Chakrabarty, is a Lecturer in the Department of English, Assam University, Silchar, Assam. Currently he is researching on Edward Said and the canon politics.
2. Raji Narasimhan, is a well-known fictionist, critic and translator, based in New Delhi. Her book-length critical study of Indian English Fiction Sensibility under Stress (1976) was widely acclaimed by knowledgeable critics. Her latest book of short stories The Illusion of Home has been published recently.
3. Himadri Lahiri, is Reader in the Department of English, University of Burdwan, West Bengal. He has co-edited Ethnic Literatures of America : Diaspora and Intercultural Studies and contributed articles on Indian Writing in English, Postcolonial and Ethnic Literatures to national and international journals. He is currently working on a book on the Literatures of the South Asian Diaspora.
4. Reetamoni Narzary, is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Tezpur University, Napaam, Sonitpur, Assam.
5. Binda Sah, is a Lecturer, Department of English, North Lakhimpur College, North Lakhimpur, Assam. He is working on Jhumpa Lahiri and other second generation Asian American women writers for his Ph.D. work.
6. Buddhadeb Roychoudhury, is a research scholar at the Department of English, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam. Areas of his interest are Postcolonial Literature, Nationalism, Feminist Writing and Theory.
7. Zinia Mitra, is a Lecturer in English working in a College affiliated to North Bengal University, West Bengal. She is a freelance writer.
8. Shahnaz Begum, is a Ph.D. scholar in the Department of English, University of Burdwan. She has worked on Jhumpa Lahiri for her M. Phil, dissertation. Her areas of interest include Postcolonial and Diasporic literatures.
9. Mansing G. Kadam, is Reader and Head, Department of English. Sadguru Gadage Maharaj College, Vidyanagar, Karad, Maharastra. The areas of his interests are New Literatures in English, British Literature and Comparative Literature.
10. Bhagabat Nayak is a Lecturer in English at Kandarpur College, Siddheswarpur, Cuttack, Orissa. He has published papers on Jhumpa Lahiri, and several other Indian English authors widely.
11. Krushna Chandra Mishra is Reader and Head, Department of English, Govt. College, Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh. He has worked on ELT and Postcolonial Literature.
12. Arun Aguiar writes a weekly Arts and Culture Column for News India, a Manhattan based English language newspaper serving the one million strong Asian Indian community in the USA.