CFP: South Asian Canadian Literature and Culture (abstracts 15 Jan 2015; full papers 20 April 2015)

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South Asian Review
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South Asian Review, the refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, invites submissions for its 2015 Special Topic Issue, 36.3, devoted to South Asian Canadian Literature. The recent centennial of the Komagata Maru incident underscores the storied history of South Asians arriving, struggling, and putting down their roots in Canada. Canonical and emerging South Asian Canadian writers and artists have raised some fraught issues about the nation's reception of South Asians and the efficacy of Canadian multiculturalism.

This special issue of SAR aims to represent all literary and filmic genres with a Canadian connection; to identify critical trends; and to evaluate the works of new as well as established South Asian Canadian authors. All critical approaches to texts (literary or filmic) are welcome. Topics of interest include the following:

* The portrayal of Canada by South Asian writers and artists (living in Canada or abroad)
* The South Asian Canadian writers and artists' portrayal of their homelands
* Becoming Canadian? South Asians and the Canadian mosaic: hybridity, heterogeneity,
homogeneity, immigration policies
* Comparative work on the South Asian Canadian diaspora
* Critical assessments of under-represented or emerging creative artists
* Fresh assessments of the critically acclaimed works of Balachandra Rajan, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry, M.G. Vassanji, Anita Rau Badami, Cyril Dabydeen, Shyam Selvadurai
and others
* Writings of double or triple-displaced South Asian Canadians such as M.G. Vassanji, Shani Mootoo, Samuel Selvon, and others
* Gender performativity, women's voices, bodies, struggles
* Creating a self: power, sex, queerness, otherness
* Indigeneity and the South Asian diaspora
* Political trauma, terror, and tragedy: 1947 Partition, Air India 182 bombing, Komagata Maru, 9/11, and beyond.
* Transgenerational and transnational memories, experiences, activism
* Navigating Canadian languages beyond English or French: South Asian poetry and drama
* CanLit and minority voices: canons, representations, critical pedagogy
* South Asian writers and artists' contribution to Canadian national literature and culture

Abstracts of 100 words invited by 15 January 2015. Finished articles of 15-25 pages, prepared in accordance with the MLA Handbook (7th ed.), along with abstracts of approximately 100 words and a 50-word bio-note, should be sent as Word documents by 20 April 2015.

The Special Issue will be guest-edited by Dr. Robin E. Field, King's College, PA (USA)— email:; and Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster U, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)—email: Please address your inquiries to the guest editors.