THE LAND OF EARLY NIGHTFALL: A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE LITERATURE OF NORTHEAST INDIA, Submission Date: Up to June 30, 2014
The phrase Northeast Literature refers to the writings from the Seven Sisters of Northeast India as well as Sikkim; but the diversity of this region defies any such attempt of easy definition. There are more than sixty major tribes in the region and each of them has its own language, folktales or oral literature and songs as well as different myths about their origin. Moreover when we look at the existing anthologies on Indian Literature we find that in most of these either the Northeast Literature is missing or is marginally represented although the region is the vast reservoir of literary resources. Thus naturally the question that troubles the writers and intellectuals of this region is that how the canon of Indian Literature is formed by excluding the many literatures that existed in Northeast India.
Many writers such as Harekrishna Deka and Temsula Ao have expressed discomfit with the term North-East India and North Eastern writers, respectively. A section also strongly argues that the term is colonial and hence, an artificial construct. There is nothing called a "north-easterner" and the concept is purely geographical; it tends to homogenise an extremely heterogeneous cluster of people as there exists no common history and heritage of the people in North-East India though formerly the current states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya used to be constituent states of former British Assam.( Wikipedia)
Generally people approach Northeast literature from the perspective of its varied and rich folk art and the way it captures violence and terror that devastated this part of the country. Again the region has experienced the trauma of partition and a significant bulk of literature represents that heartrending experience. Moreover along with the oral literature northeast has a long tradition of written literature in different languages, many of which are included in the 8th schedule of the Constitution. Another aspect of the literature of this region is that a large number of texts written in all these languages are yet to be translated in English and analyzed.
For a few years now the academic circles have taken exceptional amount of interest in writings from this region. Many universities and colleges of the region as well as outside have organized seminars, conferences and symposiums on the literature of northeast and several national news magazines have featured special issues on writers from this region. Easterine Iralu, Temsula Ao, Mitra Phukan, Dhruba Hazarika, Bhabananda Deka, Indira Goswami, Mamang Dai, Anjum Hasan, Siddhartha Deb, Indrani Raimedhi, T. Bijoykumar Singha, Chandrakanta Murasingh are some the vernacular and English language writers from Northeast who are getting national and international attention.
Articles/Research papers on different aspects of northeast literature are invited for this proposed edited volume with ISBN.
• Articles must be approx. 5000 words and follow the latest MLA format. All academic conventions must be followed.
• Each paper will be peer reviewed and feedback given before final publication. Articles must include either a study on an established area of focus or indicate a new reading.
• All papers must be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words and keywords for easy reference.