Speculating Identities and Defying Stereotypes: South Asian Women Writers and Idealistic Mobilities

deadline for submissions: 
June 5, 2020
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The issue intends to bring to the fore the writings of women from colonial and postcolonial era of South Asia, particularly exploring how these women writers addresses the issues of violence, speculating identity and belongingness while defying stereotypes in primarily male literary traditions as a focal point. Moreover, the proposed issue considers how different literary genres ranging from novels, poetry, novellas, short stories, memoirs to autobiographies by South Asian women writers present an exclusive and inimitable insight into varied understandings of pre-constructed gender roles and relations in the context of south Asian society and culture. Their works bear testimony to their personal as well as socio-political experiences struggling with the boundaries of centre and periphery, negotiating their identities and ideologies across different spatial and temporal domains.
This special issue, therefore, attempts to look into the literary tradition of South Asian Women writers and how it has developed into an alternative literary canon significantly upholding the (Her)stories, previously unacknowledged by the male writers. The issue is focused on identifying the narrative politics of the literary texts composed by the South Asian women writers, and how over the years their works have collectively shown a steady development of an emerging category of female writers struggling with the issues of identity, class, caste, gender, economic disparity and so on within an oppressive heteronormative social frame.
The issue intends to focus on the following sub-themes, but authors are also encouraged to explore other wide-ranging relevant and related critical writings.

The sub themes are:
1. Constructing nation through gender
2. South Asian Women’s narratives across continents
3. Interplay of tradition and modernity in South Asian Women’s narratives
4. Understanding class and caste in South Asian Women’s writing
5. Gender plurality in South Asian Women’s texts

Guest Editors: Raeesa Usmani and Ritushree Sengupta

Submission Guidelines:
1. Original scholarly and unpublished research papers of 5000-6000 words are invited.
2. A short author(s) bio-note (100 words) mentioning address of institution, email id, phone number and email address must be submitted along.
3. An abstract of 250-300 words will have to be submitted on or before 5th June, 2020 to email id: papers.jcla@gmail.com.
4. Once the author is notified about the selection of the abstracts, the full paper must be submitted by 1st October, 2020 to papers.jcla@gmail.com. Authors are requested to strictly abide by the deadlines and submission guidelines.
5. Authors must follow referencing style MLA 8th edition. Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, Line Spacing: 1.5, Margin: 1 inch all sides, Page: A4
6. All papers will go through rigorous editing process and plagiarism scanning through Turnitin. Only 10% similarity will be accepted.
7. Should you have any query or confusion, please feel free to reach out to us on papers.jcla@gmail.com



The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN: 0252-8169) is a half-yearly journal published by the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of legendary philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947).

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