A Study in Transcendence

by Mary Beatina, O.S.M. (Author)
Others XII, 154 Pages


The integration of the spiritual and the practical is the very culture and tradition of India. R.K. Narayan represents with exceptional clarity and sensitivity the Indian tradition, by presenting the interaction between mundane and transcendent aspects of everyday Indian life. Contrary to many Western notions about the Indian experience, it is only through this interaction that the full range and depth of Indian spiritual life can be represented. Many have worked on Narayan and his fiction but no one has considered the question of mundane-transcendent interactions. This book focuses on Narayan's representation of this Indian tradition and opens new ground by clearly picturing the Indianness of spirituality in ordinary daily life.


XII, 154
ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1993. XII, 154 pp.

Biographical notes

Mary Beatina, O.S.M. (Author)

The Author: Mary Beatina is the Principal of St. Mary's College, Tuticorin, South India. She is an Indian, and received her M.A. from the MK University, South India, and her Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Her article on The Guide of R.K. Narayan has been accepted for Geoffrey Kain's R.K. Narayan: International Critical Perspectives. She has also contributed to Religion and Literature in Post/Neocolonial Cultures.


Title: Narayan