About the Book
Recollection as Redemption : A Study in the Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, R. Parthasarathy and Kamala Das/Nandini Sahu. New Delhi, Authors Press, 2004, xi, 298 p., $39. ISBN 81-7273-179-5.
Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Between and two worlds: poetry of A.K. Ramanujan. 3. Between Chronometer and lost love: the poetry of R. Parthasarathy. 4. An impassioned leap: the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra. 5. Between lust and a tender love: the poetry of Kamala Das. 6. Conclusion: from revival to a meaningful survival. Works cited.
About the book:
"English in India has made a stay today and Indian English Literature has earned worldwide critical acclaim. There is no doubt of the fact that Indian Poetry in English has acquired a regional bias, the poets are definitely influenced by the geographical regions they belong to. In this book, Dr. Nandini Sahu attempts to make a study of the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, R. Parthasarathy and Kamala Das--the four major voices in contemporary Indian English Poetry--with a view to identifying the significance of recollection as a mode of redemption. Each poet chosen here for study shows a definite, verifiable awareness of the past, the personal or private past, or the past of their cultural history--in order to redeem himself or herself from the forces of time which generate a kind of alienation or insecurity in terms of identity. This study shows how the four poets incorporate memory as a metaphor and use it for therapeutic purposes in the corpus of their poetry."