Selected Literary & Other References

  • Richard Oram, Throwback Thursday — 1948's All About H. Hatterr, Cultural Compass, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2007.
  • Mukesh Williams, Technique and Configuration of the Indian Novel in English: Desani's All About H. Hatterr, Soka University Repository, Aliso Viejo, California, 2009.
  • Atabi Saha, Scanning G.V. Desani's Hatterr Through the Lens of Colonial Mimicry, BEST: International Journal of Humanities, Arts, Medicine and Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 6, June, 2016. Research paper.
  • Naseem Khan, All About Desani: G.V. Desani was Feted By Literary England. Then He Disappeared..., Sunday Independent, UK, Aug., 1993.
  • Amit Shankar Saha, Exile Literature and the Diasporic Indian Writer, Rupkatha Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall, 2009, reference.
  • Gautam Premnath, "Studies in World Literature in English: Postcolonial Classics," UC Berkeley, Fall, 2011, syllabus.
  • Ruksana Abdul-Majid, Blackwell Reference Online, "Desani, G.V.", biographical note.
  • jrank.org search engine, G.V. Desani Biography, etc., reference.
  • Sehgal, Parul, NPR, "Lost and Found: Five Forgetten Classics Worth Revisiting," July 16, 2013, reference.
  • Abby H.P. Werlock, Ed., The Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story, Second Edition, 2010, biographical reference.
  • D.M. Burjorjee, "The Dialogue in G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr," World Literature Written in English, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1974
  • Andrew Goldstone, Hatterr Abroad: G.V. Desani on the Stage of Worlld Literature, Contemporary Literature, Nov., 2014.
  • Andrew Goldstone, Hatterr Abroad in Contemporary Literature, blog entry, Nov., 2014.
  • Andrew Goldstone, Export Duties, Arcade Literary Journal (digital), Stanford University, blog entry, 2011.
  • The Atlantic Companion to Literature in English, Mohit K. Ray, Ed., Atlantic Publishers and DistributorsP) Ltd., New Delhi, 2007.
  • KP Deep'ak, Literarism, The Republic of Letters (literarism.blagspot.com), March, 2011.
  • Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters, Basic Books, New York, 2002.
  • Zukfikar Ghose, column for Dawn (dawn.com), The Growth of Orwell's 'Strange Phenomenon', Aug. 31, 2014.
  • Emma Bainbridge and Florian Stadtler, "Calling from London, Talking to India: South Asian Networks at the BBC and the Case of G.V. Desani," India in Britain, Susheila Nasta, editor, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, 2013.
  • Emma Bainbridge, "Ball-Bearings All the Way, and Never a Dull Moment!", an Analysis of the Writings of G.V. Desani, unpublished PhD thesis (University of Kent at Canterbury, 2003.
  • Ketaki Goswami, Mulk Raj Anand: Early Novels, PHI Learning Private Ltd., New Delhi, 2009, reference.
  • "G.V. Desani's Oeuvre: A Brief Overview" (chapter 5), Mallikarjun Patil, Indian Writing in English, Rama Kundu, editor, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, India, 2003.
  • Anon., jrank.org, G.V. Desani biographical note, undated.
  • Andrew Goldstein, Hatterr Abroad: G.V. Desani on the Stage of World Literature, U. Wisconsin, a collection of Google Scholar references, 2014.
  • GV Desani, biographical note, themodernnovel.org, Feb. 18, 2015.
  • GV Desani's Journal: The Manuscript Diaries of the First Modern Indian Writer in English, conversation between Anushka Jasraj and Reksana Majid, scroll.in, June 9, 2015.
  • Anon., Heraclitean Fire (heracliteanfile.net), Hatterr, date unknown.
  • Piciucco, Pier Paolo, A Companion to Indian Fiction in English, Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi, India, 2004.
  • John, Binoo K, Entry from Backside Only, numerous Hatterr references, Penguin Books, New Delhi, India, 2007.
  • Salil Tripathi, liveMint (livemint.com), "Can't Take Bombay Out of the Boy", Jan. 19, 2012.
  • Pierre Bayard (translated by Suzanne Menghraj), Guernica (guernicamag.com), "In Praise of Failure", May 10, 2009.
  • S. Subramanian, Oxford University Press blog (blog.oup.com), Speaking of India, Dec., 2013,reference and commentary.
  • E. Dawson Varughese, Reading New India, Chap. 1, Bloomsbury Academic 2013, reference.
  • Anil Menon (anilmenon.com), Love in a Hot Climate, Tel: Stories, Jay Lake (eds). Wheatland Press, 2005, a short story dedicated to Desani and greatly inspired by the writing style in Hatterr.
  • Patrick Anderson, The Spectator, Man of Parts: All About H. Hatterr, May 15, 1970. Book review.
  • Loretta M. Mijares, South Indian Review, " 'The Fetishism of the Original': Anglo-Indian History and Literature in I. Allan Sealy's The Trotter-Nama", 2003 (Vol. 24, Num. 2), references.
  • 'Talk (The Intelligent Bangalorean's Must-read Weekly), "When Writer's Pick Favorites (The Best in Indian Fiction: 50 Writers, 50 Books)", reference, June 21, 2013.
  • The Daily Beast, "The Heirs of Joyce's Ulysses", Joshua Cohen, June 15, 2010. Reference as "The Indian Ulysses."
  • A History of Indian Literature in English, "Novelists of the 1930s and 1940s", Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Columbia University Press, 2003 (406 pp.).
  • Guru English: South Asian Religion in a Cosmopolitan Language, "Debunking Gurus", Srinivas Aravamudan, Google eBook, 2011.
  • Asian American Playwrights: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, "Govindas Vishnudas Desani," Uppinder Mehan, compendium edited by Miles Xian Liu, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002.
  • The Paris Review (theparisreview.org), "What We're Loving: Carson, Hatterr, Fidel", multiple authors, Feb., 2013.
  • Priiyanka Miglani, review, "Meenakshi Mukherjee's 'The Anxiety of Indianness' in G.V. Desani's ... Hatterr", International Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 4, No. 10, Oct., 2015.
  • John Hinds, a former student and assistant to G.V. Desani, maintains professordesani.blogspot.com which contains a description of an unpublished literary compendium by Desani which the author calledThe Rissala. The blog also contains an unusually detailed image of the Indian goddess Ganapata a.k.a. Ganesha; a detailed discussion regarding a reading of Nadi texts that Prof. Desani provided to some of his ex-students; and notes from conversations Mr. Hinds had with Desani which provided a bit of insight into Desani's personal philosophy. A scanned scanned handwritten letter to Mr. Hinds from Desani and a copy of an invitation to the two public lectures Desani delivered during his semester teaching at Boston University in 1981 at the invitation of it's then-president John Silber is also included.)
  • Postcolonialweb.org, "Damme, This is the Oriental Scene For You! -- Rushdie's Defense of Contemporary Indo-Anglian Fiction," Benjamin Graves, a note on The New Yorker's 1997 special fiction edition dedicated to India.
  • ARIEL, Eric D. Smith, Ambiguity at its Best!: Historicizing G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr, Vol. 40, No. 2-3, 2009. (Ambiguity at Its Best!... is available as an eBook through iTunes ($5.99 as of 2013).)
  • World (Postcolonial) Literature in English: A Study of Trends and Variations in Literary Approach in Novelty, S.K. Paul, 2009.
  • Language of the nation in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, Neelam Srivastava, freelibrary.com, 2005.
  • Secularism in the Postcolonial Indian Novel, National and Cosmopolitan Narratives in English, Neelam Srivastava, Routledge, London and New York, 2008.
  • "Formative Influences on Sir Salman Rushdie" (excerpt), Prabha Parmar, Language in India, Vol. 10, 2010. 
  • The Society of British Theatre Designers, "Gloriously Impure:" in reference to the work of artist Keith Khan, "Anthony Burgess wrote in his 1970 introduction to that extraordinary book All About H. Hatterr by G.V. Desani....", 2011.
  • C.L. Innes, A History of Black and Asian Writing in Britain, Cambridge University Press, 2002, reference.
  • Depak Singh Badal, Literarism blogspot, All About H. Hatterr: G.V. Desani.
  • "Joshi, Arun", Mallikarjun Patil, Encyclopaedia of Literature in English, M.K. Bhatnager, editor. Atlantic Publishers, New Delhi, 2001. Reference.
  • "More than 'priestly mumbo-jumbo': religion and authorship in All About H. Hatterr", Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Amardeep Singh, 2010. Essay.
  • "Rogues of Modernity", Ian Almond, Wiley Online Library. Reference.
  • "G.V. Desani: Writer and Worldview", Molly Ramanujan (also wrote as Shouri Daniels, Molly Daniels-Ramanujan, and Molly A. Daniels-Ramanujan), Arnold-Heinemann, New Delhi, 1984, 172 pp. Also possibly published by Liverpool (1988) and Lucas Publications (1987). The book seems to be out-of-print but is apparently available in several libraries worldwide.
  • "Raja Rao and Arundhiti Roy's Indianization of English in Their Fiction", The Fiction of Raja Rao, Rajeshwar Mittapalli and Pier Paolo Piciucco, editors, Atlantic Publishers, Delhi, 2001. Reference.
  • "Style Range in New English Literatures", Ann Lowry, The Other Tongue, English across Cultures, Braj B. Kachru, editor. University of Illinois, 1982. Reference.
  • "The Method in the Madness: A Thematic Analysis of All About H. Hatterr", M.K. Naik. Perspectives on Indian Fiction in English, M.K. Naik, editor. Hans Raj Gupta & Sons, New Delhi, 1985.
  • Indian English Novel in the Nineties, Sheobhushan Skhkla and Anu Shukla, editors, 2002. Reference.
  • "Recent Indian Fiction in English: An Overview", Sunanda Mongia, 1997. Reference.
  • "Intertexts: Hatterr and Trotter", The Indian English Novel, Priyamvada Gopal. Part of the Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures.
  • "Towards a Decolonized English: South Asian Creativity in Fiction", World Englishes, Wimal Dissanayake, Feb., 2007. Reference.
  • The Master's Language and its Indian Uses, Christian Mair, editor. Reference.
  • A note on G.V. Desani's All about H. Hatterr and Hali, Russell, Peter and Singh, Khushwant (eds.), London, 1952. (Comments and summarizes discussion of All About H. Hatterr and Hali.)
  • Writing black Britain 1948-1998: An interdisciplinary anthology. Excerpts of All About H. Hatterr.
  • Perspectives on Indian Fiction in English, M.K. Naik editor. Reference.
  • Indian Literature,"Desai Versus Desani: Norms of Appreciation", Raja Narasimha, July-December, 1973, Vol. XVI, (Nos. 283).
  • The Second Writers Workshop Literary Reader, P. Lal (ed.), "G.V. Desani", S.V. Vasudev, Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1973.
  • Studies in Modern Indian Fiction in English, Vol. 2, H.M. Williams, Chapter VI, "Govind Desani and Others", Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1973, (pp. 17).
  • World Literature Written in English, "Dialogue in G.V. Desani's All About H. Hatterr", Prof. D.M. Bujorjee (Montgomery College) in Vol. 13, No. 2., University of Texas at Arlington, 1974.
  • Themes in Indo-Anglian Literature, M.D. Melwani, Chapter 21, "Introducing G.V. Desani's Work", (p. 100), Prakesh Book Depot, Bareilly, 1977.
  • "Novel as Gesture or What Has G.V. Desani in Common with Heller, Shakespeare, Freud, Defoe, Hopkins ...", S.C. Harrex, the Flanders University of South Australia (paper read at Jawaharlal University, New Delhi, January, 1977, ACLAL Conference).
  • "G.V. Desani's Hali", paper read at ACLAL Conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, January, 1977, by K.S. Ramamurti (Truchy).
  • Considerations, M. Mukherjee (ed.), Chapter 8, "The Strangeness of G.V. Desani", by R. Narasimhan, Allied Publishers, New Delhi, 1977.
  • The Fire and the Offering: The English Language Novel of India, 1935-1970, Vol. II, S.C. Harrex, Chapter VI, "G.V. Desani: Mad Hatterr Sage", pp. 37, Writers Workshop, Calcutta, 1978.
  • The Critical Response, "The Counterfeit Hero: Desani's Hatterr and Naipaul's Ralph Sing", D. Raghuacharyulu, pp.27?137, MacMillan, Madras, 1980.
  • Modern Indian Fiction, an episode in, All About H. Hatterr (pp. 15), Profs. Shahane and S. Cowasji (University of Regina), Vikas, Delhi, 1981.
  • G.V. Desani, Writer and Worldview, M. Ramanujan, Arnold-Heinemann, Delhi, (pp. 172), 1984.
  • Dimensions of Indian English Literature, M.K. Naik, Chapter 11, "Colonial Experience in All About H. Hatterr, (pp. 10), Sterling Publishers PVT LTD, New Delhi, 1984.
  • The Literary Criterion, "G.V. Desani: All About H. Hatterr", C.N. Srinath, Mysore, 1985.
  • Studies in Indian Fiction in English, G.S.B. Gupta (ed.), chapter entitled, "All About H. Hatterr: A Philosophical Comedy", JIWE Publications, Gulbargo (India), 1987.  
  • Contemporary Novelists in English, University of New York, Albany. (Includes a summary of All About H. Hatterr by Prof. Parry D. Westbrook.) (No date.)
  • Counterrealism and Indo-Anglian Fiction, Chelva Kanaganayakam, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2002. Chapter 3, "H. Hatterr and Sauce Anglaise: G.V. Desani", pp. 50-73. Portions available as of this writing at the following link.
  • Introduction, The Vintage Book of Indian Writing: 1947-1997, edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, Vintage Publishers, London, 1998.
  • On the far side of baa: Salvaging the Enchanted in All About H. Hatterr, Jan Küveler, Ein Moderner Web site (pp. 24), Columbia University, 2005.
  • A Talent(ed) Digger, Creations, Cameos, and Essays in honour of Anna Rutherford, article entitled, "The Post-Colonial Gesture", Paul Sharrad, Rodopi,  Amsterdam - Atlanta, GA, 1996. Portions available as of this writing at the following link.
  • Re-Introducing All About H. Hatterr, Amardeep Singh, Assistant Professor of English, Lehigh University web site, 2005.
  • Srinivas Aravamudan, Post-colonial affiliations: Ulysses and All About H. Hatterr. Portions of the essay available via Google Books.
  • The Indian Novel in English, Jorg-Dieter Riemenschneider, Muse India, the Literary Journal, 2005.
  • A Thousand Years of the Novel, Namita Gokhale, The Hindu, March, 2001.
  • Making Britain (Discover How South Asians Shaped the Nation, 1870-1950) includes some addresses where Desani lived in the U.K. It identifies his first arrival in Britain as Jan. 1, 1926 (that would be age 27) and provides a brief biographical note, including some information on his early years in Britain. The Open University, London.