Academic journal article IUP Journal of English Studies

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of English Studies

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The anguish experienced by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore almost a century ago at the world torn apart by regional, communal divisive forces is still relevant today. There is an urgent need for raising the voice of sanity, championing the cause of One World. It was this noble ideal that led to the establishment of Visva- Bharati at Santiniketan (Abode of Peace). Synthesis of different cultures and the catholicity for inviting the rejuvenating winds of cultures from outside is the positive feature of globalized world. That will make us wake up into 'The Heaven of Freedom' Gurudev dreamt of. In another area of impact of globalization, the growing need of English as language of professional and academic opportunities calls for development of innovative strategies for imparting training in the four linguistic skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The problems of teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language are similar in India, Malaysia and Algeria, as demonstrated by the papers included in the present issue. The revival of realism in Indian Fiction in English, presenting pitilessly the plight of the marginalized dalits and women, engages the attention of writers like Manju Kapur and Aravind Adiga. Arabian Desert is experienced imaginatively by poets like Wordsworth, while to the one who experiences it physically it is a mixed bag of dry sands and alluring nature. The perversion of noble American Dream into a nightmare on account of the sway of the slogan, "Dough anyhow!" has disturbed sensitive writers like Steinbeck and Miller over the years.

In the present issue, we have offered six papers dealing with the aspects of literature and five papers on the problems of ELT to reflect the balance of interests of our journal.

In the first paper, "Tagore's Multiculturalism: A Road Map to the Heaven of Freedom" the author, Nibir K Ghosh, shows how Tagore was a real drashta, who could foresee long ago the need for cultural synthesis and One World, where people of different nations, communities and religions live together in peace.

Jalal Uddin Khan, in his paper, "Wordsworth's 'Arab Dream': My Intertextual Acquaintances with the Arabian Desert Through Literature and Personal Encounter", traces the imaginative references to the desert in Lady Macbeth's 'perfumes of Arabia,' in analogous Egdon Heath and Browning's desert imagery, apart from Wordsworth's Arabian dream in "The Prelude" and the evocation in "The Solitary Reaper."

GRK Murty, in his paper, "Uttararamacarita of Bhavabhuti: Readings into Catharsis and Rasa", makes a perceptive study of the evocation of karuna, the chief Rasa in Bhavabhuti's much neglected play and brings out similarities between Rasa and the Western theory of Catharsis.

Sita Devi and Surender Dalal, in their paper, "Portrayal of Protagonists by Arthur Miller", trace the circumstances of Miller's life and the social and economic scenario of the Great Depression period in America, which led to the pursuit of material success, without concern for the kind of means adopted, and study them as the leitmotif in three plays of Miller-The Crucible, After the Fall and Death of a Salesman. …

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