Characters, themes and plots
Several opinions came up in a discussion of the
above topic of characters and themes. One person said that it is
characters and characterization that makes the story and she added
that a story could be read slowly and enjoyably for a long time if
the main character was liked.
The victory odes of Pindar
Last week, in discussing Pindar's victory odes I
made the point that they have to be understood as commissioned works
of literature that are tied to specific occasions; often he was
offered money by the victor or members of his family for the labour
of his compositions.
Salman Rushdie and Indian diaspora
Continuing on the series on diasporic
literature, this week’s column’s focus is on Indian-born British
novelist Salman Rushdie and how he represents Indian diaspora as V.S
Naipaul represents diaspora in his writing.