Guest Faculty Shyam Lal College (Evening)
University of Delhi, India.
Abstract- In this paper, I have dealt with the novels of Anita Desai who has started her career as a short story writer and has become prominent Indo-English novelist. Anita Desai has added a new dimension to Indian –English fiction by focusing on the inner world of her characters .In a sense, she has ushered in the psychological novel in Indian –English fiction among women writers. The writers like James joyce, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and G.M. Hopkins who used stream of consciousness as a genre for writing, made an impact on her mind, so she is more interested to the inner world of the character instead of external world .She has written thirteen novels. All these novels in different forms present the concept of Psychological Conflict, Alienation, Isolation, Indian Migrants and their struggle for Cultural identity and individuality, oppressions. Cry , the Peacock, Voices in the City, Bye- Bye Blackbird, Where shall we Go this Summer ?, Fire on the Mountain , In Custody , Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of the Day, Fasting , Feasting, are being psychologically analyzed .
Keywords : Inner world of character, Flashback, Stream of consciousness, interior monologue, Psychology , Alienation, isolation, cultural identity, Psychological conflict.