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Ruth Maxey is an associate professor in modern American literature at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of South Asian Atlantic Literature, 1970–2010, and her articles have appeared in Critique, Textual Practice, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Cambridge Quarterly, Wasafiri, and South Asian Review, among other journals.
"Ruth Maxey's Understanding Bharati Mukherjee makes a timely, critical and distinctive contribution to the interpretation of this controversial and pioneering South Asian-American writer. It not only recuperates many neglected essays and short stories but explores Mukherjee's range of artistic strategies that are vital to an understanding of her work. Its wide-ranging scope and innovative approach will make this study a key point of reference for future scholars of postcolonial and contemporary American literary studies."—Ruvani Ranasinha, King's College London
"In this capacious engagement with Mukherjee's oeuvre, Ruth Maxey brilliantly navigates the canonical and popular appeal of the author's work. Maxey provides complex readings, beautifully unearthing compelling strategies for reading the paradoxical impulses in Mukherjee's fiction. Understanding Bharati Mukherjee is a must-read for the specialist and non-specialist reader alike."—Anita Mannur, Miami University
"Ruth Maxey's Understanding Bharati Mukherjee is a meticulously researched and elegantly written study of one of the pioneering women of South Asian American fiction. Maxey combines close reading and excavating many intertextual references from films and nineteenth- century British literature in Mukherjee's works along with a critical examination of her responses to feminism, national belonging, and immigration."—Lopamudra Basu, University of Wisconsin–Stout
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