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The Many Avatars of Sylvia Plath

Contradictions and Beyond
Manu Mangattu
Type: Print Book
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Language: English
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The twenty-first century has welcomed Sylvia Plath to its critical canon, a rare feat considering the fact that very few women writers in the past were lucky enough to be accepted as the adopted daughter of a later generation. Few modern or contemporary writers have had the quantity of criticism dedicated to their writing that she has received.
Thus, the legend of Sylvia Plath continues to grow. The fact that her life was prematurely and voluntarily brought to an end, at the age of thirty, when she was on the threshold of a promising writing career, adds more spite and spice to her own tale as well as to her poetic tales. And many interesting myths have been constructed around her life and works.
This study is a thorough examination of the myriad myths and legends constructed around and about the life and writings of Sylvia Plath. The undeniable correlation between the life and work of Sylvia Plath is carefully worked out, evidencing the hypothesis that her life and writing ran a parallel course, each aiding and abetting the other. The study concludes with the assertion that despite the contradictory nature of these myths, the voice of Sylvia Plath remains convincing and formidable because of its ability to encompass, and not negate, vital contradictions.

About the Author

Manu Mangattu is an Assistant Professor in English from Kerala, India. Born on 21st of December 1985, he imbibed his penchant for poetry and flair for writing from his parents. He completed his post-graduation in English Language and Literature from Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam securing second rank and a career as a litterateur. Soon he joined the Department of English, St George’s College Aruvithura where he has been imparting lessons in English literature ever since. Besides translations into English from Chinese and Sanskrit, he writes poetry both in English and Malayalam. His active involvement in Chinese poetry translations won him the sobriquet "Comrade to Poetry China" in 2016. A ‘brooding romanticist in poetry, a doubtful debutant in fiction and a morbid classicist in criticism’ Manu Mangattu is the chief editor of Aesthetique Journal for International Literary Enterprises (AJILE) and is on the editorial board of Spring Magazine. Currently he is working on a UGC funded research project on “Sachin Tendulkar as an Aesthetic Experience". He spearheads the activities at, a website catering to the creative aspirations of budding writers.

Other Titles by Manu Mangattu

1. Celestial Rhapsodies: Yuan Hongri in English (Translation from Chinese)
2. Pain Pleasure and Paradox in Poetry: A Verse Compendium
3. Innocence as Ignorance: Aesthetic Prognostications in James and Golding
4. Vishaadarashmikal (Sparks of Melancholy- Malayalam Poetry Collection)
5. Mute Melodies (English Poetry Collection)

Book Details

ISBN: 9788193297520
Publisher: Gaby Emma Publishers
Number of Pages: 52
Dimensions: 5.83"x8.27"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Saddle Stitched)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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