UPDATE: Imagining South Asia (3/31/07; journal issue)

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Amardeep Singh
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Special Topic Issue of South Asian Review 2007
Topic: "Imagining South Asia"
Deadline Extended: March 31st, 2007


The South Asian Review, the refereed journal of the South Asian
Literary Association, is soliciting essays for the 2007 Special Topic
issue, volume 28, Number 1, devoted to "Imagining South Asia."

The special issue examines the category "South Asia" as a theoretical
concept in literary and cultural studies. "South Asia," an Area
Studies term that came into wide usage during the Cold War, has wide
purchase in the social sciences, but is sometimes questioned in
studies of both modern and pre-modern literature and arts of the
Indian subcontinent. Is the
Area Studies term obsolete? Is it possible that many contemporary
writers in India have more in common with their postcolonial peers in
Kenya, South Africa or England than with those in Pakistan, Bangladesh
or Sri Lanka? Do postcolonial writers imagine "South Asia" as a viable
construct with the same degree of intellectual focus and creative
energy as applied to particular national contexts? One could argue
that the value of the term "South Asia" seems to be closely tied to
diasporic writing and the recent spurt in such cultural artifacts as
movies that have achieved success around the world in recent years. To
what extent might "South Asian culture" be a product of diasporic

SUGGESTED TOPICS: Some suggested topics (by no means exhaustive) that
could be explored include the issue of India-centrism and the use of
"South Asia" as a tokenizing category; the perspective of writers from
South Asia's smaller countries on the category; the construction of
national literary canons and South Asian Literature, in the
subcontinent and/or diaspora; the history and politics of "South Asia"
in literary and cultural studies, and/or in diasporic lives; the use
of "South Asia" in the context of the Partition, uneven globalization
and the "War on Terror;" the challenges and politics of "Imagining
India" vs. "Imagining South Asia."

Submissions and inquiries: Critical articles of 15-25 pages, based on
representative literary works and prepared in accordance with the MLA
style, must be received by March 31st, 2007. An article accompanied by
an abstract of 8-10 lines and a biographical note of 50 words can be
transmitted electronically. Early inquiries are encouraged.

All correspondence pertaining to the Special Topic issue should be
addressed to the Guest Co-editors:

Amardeep Singh, Department of English, Lehigh University, 35 Sayre Dr.,
Bethlehem, PA 18015, email (amardeep_at_gmail.com)

Kavita Daiya, Department of English, George Washington University, 801 22nd
St. NW, Room 760, Washington DC 20052, email: (kdaiya_at_gmail.com), Tel:

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