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Author Devadas Pillai, S., 1935- author

Title Sociology through literature : a study of Kaaroor's stories / S. Devadas Pillai
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 229 pages)
Contents Foreword by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan -- Preface -- Introductory notes on the "big six" -- Romantic overtones -- Erotic pursuits -- Marital episodes -- On small children and teenagers -- Families: sinking, troubled -- "Sir" stories -- Sirs: the other side -- Dictates of fate -- Behavioural patterns -- Some social issues -- Political themes -- Shades of greed -- Profiles of the poor -- Some uncommon people -- Social dropouts -- Spiritual themes -- Some more episodes -- Tuskers and mahouts -- Kaaroor's zoo -- Sociology through literature: some endnotes
Summary "This book presents a comprehensive study of nearly 100 of Kaaroor's short stories. Kaaroor Neelakanta Pillai is one among the Big Six of the 'new wave' in Malayalam literature which began in the mid-1940s. The Big Six and their immediate followers wrote about the common man, peasants, pavement-dwellers, fishermen, rickshaw-pullers, underpaid school teachers -- their lives, aspirations and vulnerabilities. By treating Kaaroor's stories as case studies, the book takes a sociological approach to understanding the representation of a wide array of themes: romantic overtones, erotic pursuits, marital episodes, issues of family, lives of children, behavioural patterns, shades of greed, the idea of spirituality and politics in Malayalam literature. With its annotated transcreation and detailed commentary, this book brings Kaaroor's works to the general reader, and will be useful to scholars and researchers of South Asian literature, English literature, linguistics, cultural studies, besides those interested in Malayalam literature and the Malayali/Indian diaspora across the world." -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes S. Devadas Pillai is a research sociologist and was previously affiliated with the University of Mumbai, India for 15 years as Senior Research Officer and Deputy Director. Subsequently, he was with Amsterdam University on a WOTRO-ZWO fellowship, followed by visits related to two major Indo-Dutch research projects. For 30 years, he has been the Executive Editor of an encyclopedia project on performing arts. He completed his MA and PhD at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, and is the author/editor of over ten books, including Rajahs and Prajas: A Princely State, Then and Now (1976); Slums and Urbanization (1991, 2nd edn); and Indian Sociology Through Ghurye: A Dictionary (2011)
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 29, 2019)
Subject Nīlakaṇṭhapiḷḷa, Kārūr -- Criticism and interpretation
Nīlakaṇṭhapiḷḷa, Kārūr.
Literature and society -- India
Malayalam fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Middle class in literature
Working class in literature
Literature and society.
Malayalam fiction.
Middle class in literature.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Working class in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019980990
ISBN 0429288050
Other Titles Kaaroor's stories