The Theme of Alienation in the Novels of Arun Joshi

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SEMINAR PAPER
To be submitted on the second day of the examination.

Name : C. Leena
Subject : M.Phil., (English)
Register Number : 01009110001
Centre code : PC - 10
University : DRAVIDIAN UNIVERSITY
Broad Field of Research : Fiction (Indian English Literature)
Title : The Theme of Alienation in the Novels of Arun Joshi. Name of the Supervisor: Dr. R. Gandhi Subramanian. M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D.,

THE THEME OF ALIENATION IN THE NOVELS OF ARUN JOSHI

INDIAN ENGLISH LITERATURE: AN INTRODUCTION Literature has said something always fascinating. It is to man’s advantage that he has always managed to derive a message from literature. Indian English
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Arun Joshi adds a new dimension to the genre of Indian Fiction in English by introducing the theme of alienation in his novels. His fictional world is characterized by the alienation of the individuals, shown through a crisis of the self in an emotionally disturbed environment.
The Last Labyrinth (1981), Arun Joshi’s fourth and Sahitya Academy Award winning novel is considered “a new landmark in the tradition of existentialism in Indian Literature”. It represents an extension of the theme of his earlier novels The Foreigner, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas and Apprentice. Alienation has become a central segment of our society. Asknoff suggests the process of meaninglessness itself becomes centrally meaningful in Arun Joshi’s novels. This study also intends to probe into the sociological aspect of Arun Joshi’s novels.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ARUN JOSHI (1938 – 1993) distinguished novelist and author of short-stories, was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Earning his M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, where he went on a scholarship, he returned to India to pursue a career in the corporate world and rose to become the Executive Director of Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources in New Delhi.
In his five novels Joshi spun out some of the most compellingly thought-provoking fiction

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