Marquez and Literatures from India- 12 July 2015
As the prophet of magic realism and an extraordinary satirist of political dictatorship, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary horizons are incomprehensibly vast, and the rigorous intensity of his writings is inexplicably multidimensional. Marquez challenges the luminal line between 'story' and 'history', and interrogates the public and private domain with an uncommon and effortless ease and clarity. He fuses the chaotic and the cosmic, the materialistic and the mystical, and invites us to participate in a magico-historical narrative of which he is an undisputed craftsman.
The "Marquezian literary phenomena" have created considerable ripples in the literary circles across the globe. In India, writers such as Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh in Indian Writing in English, O.V. Vijayan and M.T. Vasudevan Nair in Malayalam, P. Lankesh in Kannada, 'Agneya' in Hindi, Sunil Gangopadhyay in Bangla, have often acknowledged traces of Marquez in their intellectual upbringing. In the words of Rushdie, "I knew García Márquez's colonels and generals, or at least their Indian and Pakistani counterparts; his bishops were my mullahs; his market streets were my bazaars. His world was mine, translated into Spanish". Such inter-literary mutuality needs to be inquired into and elaborated in terms of reception and adaptation of cross-cultural literary currents. Marquezian meticulous metaphors on the Latin American life have found echoes and imprints in the fictions of Indian writers - in the representations of their rustic ramblings and urban psychosis.
The proposed book on 'Marquez and Literatures from India' aims at exploring Marquez's writings with special focus on the impact he has in the Indian literary scenario. Along with thematic comparisons, narratological, historiological, formalist, and translation-oriented literary investigations are encouraged. One of the thrust areas will be on locating Marquez within the praxis of Indian poetics/ aesthetics. Abstracts of 300-350 words are invited from academicians and research scholars on the influence of Marquez on literatures in Indian regional languages, with special focus on the Hindi, Odiya, Assamese, Gujarati and Tamil literary scenaria.
Authors are requested to send their abstracts along with brief bio-notes to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 July 2015. The full papers are due by 28 July 2015.