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Early novels

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Three of R. K. Narayan's novels – Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937) and The English Teacher (1945) – are often grouped together as a kind of loose trilogy about the coming of age ... More


Middle-period novels: The Guide to The Painter of Signs

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Despite his involvement with Graham Greene and his tailoring aspects of his fiction to suit British tastes, R. K. Narayan did not travel outside India until the second half of his life. Then, after ... More


R. K. Narayan

John Thieme

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

R. K. Narayan's reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a ... More


Late novels

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Painter of Signs (1976) is R. K. Narayan's last major novel. The fiction that he produced in his seventies and eighties is variable in quality, but generally demonstrates a falling-off in his ... More


Critical overview and conclusion

Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Carol Chillington Rutter

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Graham Greene's shadow has hung over much of the critical response to R. K. Narayan's fiction, particularly reviews of his novels. Greene's view of Narayan as a mediator of essential Indianness for ... More


Middle-period novels: Mr Sampath to Waiting for the Mahatma

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Beginning with Mr Sampath: The Printer of Malgudi (1949) and culminating with The Painter of Signs (1976), the novels of R. K. Narayan's middle period represent his finest achievement. The ... More


Contexts and intertexts

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

R. K. Narayan's invented South Indian town of Malgudi, which is the setting for virtually all his fiction, has been seen by many of his readers as a site that represents quintessential Indianness. In ... More


Mixed Sap: A Life1

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

This chapter offers a succinct account of Narayan’s antecedents and his life from birth to death. The novelist was influenced early in life by three members of his family: his maternal grandmother ... More


Cosmic Comedy: R.K. Narayan’s Gunas Comedy

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

From our reading of Narayan’s fifteen novels and novellas, it seems that Narayan’s imagination had struck early a new vein of comedy which he cultivated, not consciously, but consistently and ... More


R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Ranga Rao

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

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 ... More


Sacral Space: No Trespassing!: The Dark Room1

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

The Dark Room jolts the reader like a cross-country detour off the Narayan highway. The central character is no latter-day Chandran fulfilling our expectations after The Bachelor of Arts, but a ... More


In a World Dominated by Adults: Swami and Friends

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

Ranga Rao furthers his critique by picking up Narayan’s debut novel, Swami and Friends. The very simplicity of the story signals thrifty talent and daring originality of theme. This novel also ... More


Contexts of Literary Production and Consumption

Ruvani Ranasinha

in South Asian Writers in Twentieth-Century Britain: Culture in Translation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199207770
eISBN:
9780191695681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207770.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book traces a genealogy of the literary publication and reception of South Asian Anglophone writing in 20th-century Britain, through a comparison of the changing contexts of literary production ... More


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