Call for contracted collection of essays on Chitra Divakaruni. Abstract due Oct 15, essay due Dec 1--updated CFP

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Samina Najmi CSU Fresno
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We seek contributions to a collection of critical essays on the work of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The volume is tentatively titled Feminism and Diaspora: Critical Perspectives on Chitra Divakaruni, and will be published by Rawat Books in Jaipur, India. Anticipated publication date is Summer or Fall 2016.
Rawat, a major Indian publisher in humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences, has co-published dozens of books with American university presses. See more information at and

Please submit a 500-word abstract of your proposed essay by October 15, along with a one-page CV. If your abstract is accepted, we would expect you to submit a finished essay of 3000-5000 words by December 1.

We welcome original essays that locate Divakaruni's works in the interwoven contexts of feminism, diaspora, immigration, race, ethnicity, postcolonialism, and transnationalism. We would prefer essays that offer lucid analyses of two or more Divakaruni texts in tandem (short stories, poems, novels, etc.) and demonstrate engagement with current discourses in Diasporic South Asian, Ethnic American, and Migration Studies. We would also be happy to consider one or two essays that bring into focus the writings of another major South Asian, Asian American, or Postcolonial novelist in a comparative framework with Chitra Divakaruni.

Amritjit Singh
Langston Hughes Professor of English
Ohio University

Samina Najmi
Associate Professor of English
California State University Fresno