V.S. Naipaul

BookV.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul

Writers and their Work


June 1st, 1999

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In this comprehensive study Suman Gupta provides a critical evaluation of the work of V.S. Naipaul up to the present, analysing his ideological and artistic development over five decades within the numerous cultural contexts he has addressed. Features which cut across the broad corpus of Naipaul’s works are highlighted: his attempts at comparative cultural evaluation, his reflections on colonial and post-colonial history, and the spiritual and political aspirations of individuals and communities. The cosmopolitan world Naipaul inhabits – Britain, India, U.S.A, Trinidad and other Caribbean and South American countries, and countries in the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa – provides a variety of cultural perspectives from which Naipaul is able to express his concern about 20th-century uncertainties and the questionable effects of imperialism.


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Suman Gupta taught at the Universities of Delhi and Nottingham before becoming Lecturer in English Literature, Roehampton Institute London, where he teaches courses on modern and contemporary literature and literary theory, including colonial/post-colonial literature. He is currently writing Two Texts and I: Disciplines of Knowledge and the Literary Subject to be published mid-1999.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations and References13
1 Introduction16
2 The First Four Books19
3 More Fiction34
4 An ‘Objective’ View of the Caribbean48
5 Writing About Blackness58
6 Filling Gaps70
7 Writing About Islam82
8 Writing About India, and Conclusion94
Select Bibliography120