Vikram Seth (3099 words)

Neelam Srivastava (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)
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Vikram Seth's work is characterized by the innovative recuperation of “unfashionable” and “traditional” forms such as the realist roman-fleuve and the novel in verse. Such recuperation goes against the current of cross-pollination between genres and stylistic experimentalism which characterizes other writers like Salman Rushdie or Amitav Ghosh, to whom he is often compared. Reading Seth, one experiences the sense of an old-fashioned conception of the relationship between reader and writer; engaging the attention and interest of the “common reader” (as he defines it) becomes a programmatic element of both his poetry and his prose, and his books reveal a sophisticated yet unselfconscious return to realist narrative and f…

Citation: Srivastava, Neelam. "Vikram Seth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 October 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4020, accessed 17 October 2021.]

4020 Vikram Seth 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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