Essays on Commonwealth Writing
edited by Niaz Zaman, Shawkat Hussain,
Firdous Azim, Kaiser Haq and Syed Manzoorul Islam
ISBN 984 05 1157 2 1991 180pp 215x136mm HB Tk.275.00 US$23.00
The essays in this anthology, a representative selection of papers presented at a seminar on Commonwealth literature, explore the many issues raised by the phrase “Commonwealth Writing.”
Among the topics discussed am the nature and validity of the rubric “Commonwealth Writing,” the emotional or political justification for using a foreign language for creative purposes, the problems faced by Third World writers in reaching readers.
The essays cover a wide geographic expanse, from Australia through India and Africa to Canada and the West Inches. Prominent writers such as Naipaul, Achebe and Walcott, as well, as not so famous writers who have contributed in significant ways come in for a share of the discussion.
The anthology marks a valuable addition to the emerging body of critical commentary on Commonwealth Writing and is important reading for all those interested in the subject.
Niaz Zaman is Associate Professor, Department of’ English, Dhaka University. Dr. Zaman’s doctoral dissertation was on Tennessee Williams. At present she teaches Shakespeare and O’Neill. Her publications include articles on Shakespeare, O’Neill, Williams, Kipling and Naipaul, besides it book oil Kantha art, The Art of Kantha Embroidery, and a translation of Bengali folk tales, Animal Tales From Bangladesh.
Shawkat Hussain is Associate Professor, Department of English, Dhaka University. He teaches Shakespeare, Metaphysical poetry and Victorian poetry. He took a Masters and Ph. D. from Dalhousie University in Canada. Dr. Hussain edited the quarterly Form and now edits the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.
Firdous Azim is Assistant Professor, Department of English, Dhaka University. Her special interests are 19th century colonial writing and feminist critical theory.
Kaiser Haq is Associate Professor, Department of English, Dhaka University. His doctoral dissertation from the University of Warwick was on Frederic Manning. At present he teaches modem poetry and literary theory. Apart from literary articles published at home and abroad, Dr. Haq has two collections of poems to his credit. He has also edited a collection of English poems by sub-continental writers, and has published a book of translations from the Bengali of Shamsur Rahman.
Syed Manzoorul Islam is Professor and Chairman, Department of English, Dhaka University. Dr. Islam’s doctoral dissertation from Queens University, Kingston, Canada, was on the poetry of Yeats. He now teaches modem poetry, Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare, and has published on Yeats, Eliot, Carlos Williams and D. H. Lawrence. Dr. Islam’s current research interest is post colonial literature and literary theory. His publications include a book on Aesthetics in Bengali, besides a host of articles in that language. Dr. Islam contributes a regular literary column in a leading Bengali daily.