Revisiting Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala

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Dinesh Kafle, Editor
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"As a socialist I am searching for better laws to bind the people, as a writer I am breaking all the laws. My friends find it difficult to reconcile these two. They say my writings do not mirror my political struggles. That is because I am not a politician when I write," famously said the late Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala (1914–1982 AD), one of Nepal's most prominent literary and political figures. Encumbered as his life was by an indefatigable struggle against the party-less Panchayat system, Nepali literature had much to gain from his 'other', and arguably much fulfilling, career as a writer, the fact that manifests in his rich oeuvre of novels like Teen Ghumti, Modiain, Hitlar Ra Yahudi, Sumnima, Narendradai and Babu Aama Ra Chhora, short story collections like Doshi Chasma and Swetbhairavi, and autobiographical writings like Jel Jarnal and Atmabrittanta, among others.

As we gear up to celebrate the birth centenary of Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala, homage to him by revitalizing theoretical and critical discourse on his outstanding intellectual output becomes an imperative. Original and unpublished research papers (between 6000—8000 words), for an anthology, focusing on any aspect of Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's life, literature or ideology are invited from critics, scholars or any interested individuals across disciplines. The primary aim of the proposed anthology is to explore the possibility of revisiting the artistic and ideological contributions of Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala in the changing literary, political and social contexts of Nepal.

Possible topics can be related, but not restricted, to the following thematic areas:

* Revisiting myth and history through Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's writings
* The politics of identity in Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's writings
* Ideology and aesthetics in Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's writings
* Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala the artist, B. P. the statesman
* Memory and landscape in Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's writings
* The literary merit of Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's life writings
* Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala and his literary contemporaries
* Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala in translation
* Re-reading Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala in a 'new' Nepal
* Caste/Class/Gender in Bisheshwar Prasad Koirala's writings

The proposed anthology, with an ISBN, will be published in English by a renowned publisher. Authors are, therefore, encouraged to submit their papers in English; however, papers in languages other than English are also accepted, in which case the editor would be happy to make arrangements for translation. For consistency's sake, authors are requested to follow the MLA Style Manual (

Authors are requested to send proposals/abstracts for their papers by September 30, 2013. Full papers, accompanied by a note about the author (max. 100 words), should arrive by November 15, 2013. Abstracts/full papers should be sent by e-mail to by snail mail to the following address:

Dinesh Kafle
Doctoral Scholar, Centre for English Studies
School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi—110067, India

The editor looks forward to wide dissemination of this call for papers and enthusiastic response from scholars all over the world.