On publication Arundhati Roy's first vel 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 vel 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, Emilienne Baneth-Nouailhetas and Alex Tickell on The God of Small Things, providing a range of perspectives on the vel 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 t only a guide to the vel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Roy's text.
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).