Women's fiction and l'écriture-femme

East Into Upper East

by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

East Into Upper East (detail from cover illustration by C. S. H. Jhabvala)

Between January and March of 2005 a group of us on WomanWritersThroughtheAges (a Yahoo literary list) began a reading and discussion of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's East into Upper East: Plain Tales from New York and New Delhi (1980). During this conversation we discussed feminine romance (e.g., Anne Tyler's The Amateur Marriage); criticism of Jhabvala (e.g., Laurie Sucher's The Fiction of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Yasmine Gooneratne's Silence, Exile, and Cunning); the films Jhabvala wrote the screenplays for (The Remains of the Day); her other novels and short stories (e.g., A Backward Glance, Heat and Dust and Out of India); and the close parallels between her and Jane Austen's fiction.

Out of India (detail from cover illustration by C. S. H. Jhabvala)

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