Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things
A Routledge Study Guide
By Alex Tickell
Routledge – 2007 – 200 pages
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
On publication Arundhati Roy's first novel The God of Small Things (1997) rapidly became an international bestseller, winning the Booker Prize and creating a new space for Indian literature and culture within the arts, even as it courted controversy and divided critical opinion.
This guide to Roy’s ground-breaking novel offers:
Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of The God of Small Things and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Roy's text.
Introduction Part 1: Text and Contexts The Text. The Author. Cultural Contexts. Literary and Cinematic Contexts.Chronology Part 2: Critical History Part 3: Critical Readings Postcolonial Cultural Studies: The Making and Marketing of Arundhati Roy by Padmini Mongia. Marxist Criticism: Reading Arundhati Roy Politically by Aijaz Ahmad. Gender, Sexuality and Politics: In Desire and in Death: Eroticism as Politics in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things by Brinda Bose. Language: Language, Hybridity and Dialogism in The God of Small Things by Anna Clarke. Narrative and Structure: The Structures of Memory by Émilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas. Genre and Performance: The Epic Side of Truth: Storytelling and Performance in The God of Small Things Alex Tickell Part 4: Further Reading and Web Resources
Alex Tickell is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Portsmouth. He has published widely on South-Asian fiction, and is the editor of Selections from Bengaliana (2005), and co-editor of Alternative Indias: Writing, Nation and Communalism (2005).