Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

A Routledge Study Guide

By Alex Tickell

© 2007 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of The God of Small Things
  • a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present
  • a selection of new essays and reprinted critical essays by Padmini Mongia, Aijaz Ahmad, Brinda Bose, Anna Clarke, Émilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas and Alex Tickell on The God of Small Things, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT007000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
LIT008000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / General