MLA Boston 2013: South Asian Periodical Culture

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Sheshalatha Reddy
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This panel, sponsored by the South Asian Languages and Literatures discussion group, explores the history, development, and contemporary life of periodical culture on the South Asian subcontinent. Papers may address a range of topics including, but not limited to the following: representation and/or discourse: periodicals focused on literature and/or the arts; literature published within periodicals; the transformation of periodical culture with the growth of web-based media; the delineation of regional, linguistic, caste, class, or religious identities; readership and audience; the creation of "public spheres" or "imagined communities"; visuality in periodical culture (in the use of sketches, photographs, advertisements, etc.); the economics/politics of periodical culture; gender and periodical culture; periodical culture and the vernaculars and/or English; the transition from oral and/or scribal cultures to print cultures; and editorial theory. Please send 250-word abstracts and 1-page cv by March 20, 2012 to Sheshalatha Reddy,