G. S. Amur

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G.S. Amur
BornGururaja ShyamacharyaAmur
(1925-05-08) May 8, 1925 (age 93)
Bommanahalli, Dharwad District, Karnataka state, India
GenreLiterary Criticism
Notable awardsPampa award,
Sahitya Akademi Award,
Bendre Award,
Rajyotsava Award,
State award
SpouseShantha Anur
RelativesK. S. Amur

Gururaja Shyamacharya Amur (Kannada: ಜಿ. ಎಸ್. ಆಮೂರ; born 8 May 1925), a professor of literature, is a contemporary writer and critic in the Kannada and English languages. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the Central Sahitya Akademi Award instituted by the Government of India. Amur is the older brother of mathematician K. S. Amur.


Amur was born in Bommanahalli village in the Dharwad district. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Mumbai and his PhD in English from the Karnatak University, Dharwar. His thesis was titled The Concept of Comedy. After his M.A., Amur worked as a Professor of English at the Karnatak University, Dharwad and Marathwada University in Aurangabad before he visited the University of California at Santa Barbara and Yale University as a Senior Fulbright scholar in 1972 and 1973. He is married to Shanta Amur and currently resides in Dharwad.

Literary work[edit]





  • Ninda Hejje (2004)
  • Bendre Kaavya (2003)
  • Kannada Kathana Sahitya: Sanna Kathe (2003)
  • Seemollanghana (2002)
  • Kathanashastra (2001)
  • Shantinath Desai (2000)
  • Amrutavaahini (2000)
  • Bendrekaavyada Pratimaaloka (2000)
  • Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (2000)
  • Kaadambariya Swaroopa (1999)
  • Viraata Purusha: Shriranga Saraswata Sameekshe (1998)
  • Saatvika Patha (1995)
  • Kannada Kathana Sahitya: Kaadambari (1994)
  • Comedy (1993)
  • Vyavasaaya (1992)
  • Bhuvanada Bhagya (1991)
  • Arthaloka (1988)
  • A.N. Krishnarayaru (1987)
  • Kannada Kaadambariya Belevanige (1983)


  • Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (1994)
  • Creations & Transcreations (1992)
  • Forbidden Fruit, Views on Indo-Anglian Fiction (1992)
  • A.N. Krishnarao (1987)
  • Colonial Consciousness in Commonwealth Literature (1984)
  • Essays on Comparative Literature and Linguistics (1984)
  • Images and Impressions: Essays Mainly on Contemporary Indian Literature (1979)
  • The Concept of Comedy: A Re-statement (1963)



  • Koralu Kolalu: Collection of critical articles on modern kannada poetry (2006)
  • Anthology of Selected Plays of Sriranga (2005)
  • Swatantryottara Sannakathegalu (2004)
  • Avala Kathegalu (1999)
  • Selected Kannada Short Stories (1993)



  • The River, the Lotus Pond and the Ruined Temple: An Essay on Symbolism in RK Narayan's Novels (1985)
  • Philip Roth's My Life as a Man: Portrait of the Artist as a Trapped Husband (1984)
  • The Beautiful and the Necessary: A Note on Emerson's Idea of Form (1983)
  • Marriage as Symbolic Strategy in Seeta, Esmond in India and The Serpent and the Rope (1981)
  • Theme, Structure, and Symbol in The Catcher in the Rye (1969)
  • Self-Recognition in The Serpent and The Rope
  • A Saint for Malgudi: A New Look at R.K. Narayan’s The Guide
  • Hellenic Heroines and Sexless Angels: Images of Women in Forster's Novels


  1. ^ "' Masti award for G S Amur'". Online webpage of Deccan Herald. Bangalore,India: Deccan Herald. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ "' G.S. Amur, Lalitha Naik among those chosen for State awards'". Online webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 27 March 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  3. ^ "' G.S. Amur receives Bendre Award'". Online webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  4. ^ "'51 chosen for Rajyotsava award: Amur, Sudha, Simha among recipients'". Online webpage of The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 16 January 2008.
  5. ^ "'Awards and Fellowships'". Online webpage of Sahitya Akademi. Sahitya Akademi. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2008.