International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(2), pp. 64-67,  February, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2015.009

Review Paper

Jane Austen and R. K. Narayan: A Comparative Analysis of Timeless Genii


Archana Agarwal1 and Amrita Shashi2


1Department of English, M.L.B. Govt. College of Excellence, Gwalior

2Department of English, Govt. Vrinda Sahay P.G. College, Dabra (M.P.).

2Corresponding Author’s E-mail: amritashashi@ymail.com


Accepted 14 February 2015




Jane Austen and R.K. Narayan have both been great artists who painted life as they saw it— truthfully, with a delicate brush dipped in various hues of life. Austen was an English novelist, born in 1775, long before Narayan, at a quiet and calm place in England. She left behind her, some very memorable and timeless works of fiction—which have passed into the category of ‘classic literature’. Narayan, on the other hand, was born in a traditional Tamil family in pre- independent India. He belongs to the foremost line of Indian English writers and has to his credit a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Both Austen and Narayan, though different from each other, are alike in their popularity and appeal which has transcended the boundaries of time, age and clime. Immense is their contribution to English literature. Against the background of differences in various aspects of their works, some common factors can be found in their writings. It is these few subtle links and strand of similarities which this paper probes into. The most striking similarity is that both these writers have focused mostly on the extraordinary element in the ordinary lives of the common men and women. Far from the maddening crowd, theirs is a quiet and serene world, full of people who have strong yet meek, courageous yet humble, vivacious yet taciturn personalities.

Key words: Literature, fiction, memorable, traditional, similarities, humanity


Cite This Article As: Agarwal A, Shashi A (2015). Jane Austen and R. K. Narayan: A Comparative Analysis of Timeless Genii. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(2): 64-67




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