The Newsletter 67 Spring 2014

Quarrelling with the past

Paul Doolan

Reviewed Publication:
Ghosh, R. 2012. A Lover’s Quarrel with the Past: Romance, Representation, Reading. New York: Bergham books. 188 pp. ISBN: 9780857454843

At one point in his intriguing, provocative and sometimes irritating A Lover’s Quarrel with the Past: Romance, Representation, Reading, literary scholar Ranjan Ghosh claims that indignation and dissent “can infuse a sense of discovery to our historical studies.” [p. 79] The phrase, subconsciously perhaps, describes Ghosh’s own work, a work that is not only written in dissent, but cries out in justified indignation.