Mythological Literature in India

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Neena Gupta Vij / Central University of Jammu
contact email: 


Call for Papers

An Edited Book (ISBN)

                                                                             Mythological Literature in India



We are pleased to inform you that we are going to publish an edited volume with the proposed title “Revisiting Mythological Literature in India: Origin and Development.”  


Concept Note

Mythological literature has become a recent phenomenon in Indian Writing in English. The present book attempts to understand this emerging genre. There has been a steady flow of revisionist writings on the Indian classical myths. From Mahashaweta Devi’s reworking of the trope of Draupadi to Amish Tripathi’s Sita, and Karnad’s theatrical adaptations, classical myth narratives have reawakened an interest in ancient accounts of the Indian subcontinent. The characters of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata exercise a particular fascination on the literary imagination because of the complexity of their representation, and the ambiguity of narration. The authors of the rewritten stories of the great epics bring the ancient history of the land wonderfully alive. The Indian sub-continent, from the Hindukush and the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, and from Mount Kailash to Sri Lanka is united through the narratives of geography, rivers, land, forest and sea.  Epics narrate the story of ancient India and get intertwined with the cultural and collective memory of the Indian subcontinent. Epic as a genre “uses narrative to represent situations from the past” and look back nostalgically “from the point in time when it is being composed and given form, which is its present” (Thapar 204). The narrative of the epic takes one through the passage of time in which forests give way to towns, clans to kingdoms and egalitarian fluidity of identity to a society that has formulated rigid systems of behaviour, broadly encapsulated as “dharma” which includes the codes of birth, death, caste and gender. If the ancient texts are read as a record of the social and political evolution of the Indian subcontinent, and not merely as a moral fable, it can be perceived that everything occurs over eons of time, and with each succeeding generation, a territorial, social, political, economic and cultural change becomes evident.

The history of western literature sees the epic as the “myth” of a land that lacks a specific geography and temporality and the novel as the genre which deals with specific places and events occurring at a specific time (Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel). The rewriting of the epic stories as novels helps to make the characters, places and events “real.” The form of the novel itself makes for a realism that compels belief. The rewriting of the epic stories as novels helps to make the characters, places and events “real” the genre deals with specific places and events occurring at a specific time (Ian Watt). The form of the novel itself makes for a realism that compels belief. If epics have attempted to create a national myth through homogenization and unification of diverse elements in the existing politico-cultural reality, mythological-fictions tries to raise question on the issues of identity of clan, community, people and persons. In this way they intertwine the epic concern of projecting “the relationship between myth and formation of nation” and national imaginaries with the form of the novel which is about the “struggle of individual against the society” (Jeremy Hawthorn).  

This book attempts to uncover the diverse ways in which these classical myth narratives have been reworked and explore the ideological and aesthetic potential of such practice. It simultaneously exposes the tensions inherent in attempts to challenge narratives that have fundamentally shaped Indic thought. There are prominent writers like Devdutt Pattanaik, Amish Tripathi, Kavita Kane, Sharath Kommaraju, Ashok K. Banker, and Volga, and other minor writers who have given a new angle to epic narratives.


Authors are invited to submit their full-length papers in the following, but not limited topic:

  1. Rise of Indian mythological literature in postcolonial and postmodern context.
  2. Role of Magic Realism in emergence of Indian mythological literature.
  3. Transition in the literary world with the rise of writers of Indian mythological literature.
  4. Theoretical Framework of Indian Mythological literature such as, Structuralist, Post-structuralist, Postcolonial, Historical Materialism, Deconstructionist, Feminist, Queer, Disability and Revisionist Approaches.
  5. Theatrical and Cinematic adaptations of Indian Mythological literature.
  6. Theme of Existentialism in Indian mythological literature.
  7. Theme of gender in Indian mythological literature.
  8. Works of writers of Indian mythological literature.
  9. The impact of popular fictional narratives on Indian Writing in English.

(Or any other specific area that you would like to explore within Indian Mythological Literature)

Send your 400 words abstract at by 15th September, 2020.

Submission of Abstracts                      :   15th September, 2020.

Intimation about Abstracts                 :   30th September, 2020.

Last date of Full papers submission    :   15th December, 2020.




Manuscript Guidelines:

  1. Your document should be double-spaced, typed in Times New Roman 12-point font. Please double-space your entire document, including Works Cited page.
  2. Please submit all texts as a Microsoft Word doc. .docx file only.
  3. Please place your title 14-Point at the top of your document. Under it put your name-only byline.
  4. All specific book titles should be italicized. Please do not use underliningfor titles (or for any purpose).
  5. All citation should be done in MLA format 8th edition. In-text citations should resemble this (Vanita 34). Please consult the current MLA Handbook for citation questions. Please do a ‘Works Cited’ and not a Bibliography page. Cite all primary and secondary works referenced in the article including quotes from films, videos, youtube, online blogs, posts and articles.
  6. Please use endnotes for any textual notes. Use them sparingly, and only when necessary.
  7. When creating endnotes, do not use your endnotes function on your computer. This causes numerous problems when merging the chapters together into a single document. Instead, merely place your endnotes at the tail end of your article, prior to the Works Cited page. You need not alter the font of the endnotes in anyway. This will be done at a later stage. Use superset script to create the numbers in your text.
  8. Authors should ensure that the manuscript submitted is not simultaneously submitted to any other Publisher/Journal.
  9. Word limit 5000-8000.
  10. Papers should be free from any kind of plagiarism. Plagiarism report of the Research paper duly checked in plagiarism software like Urkund, viper, Turn it in, Plag scan etc.
  11. Authors should be careful regarding grammatical and typographical errors.


For any assistance, questions or guidance, feel free to contact the Editors:


Dr. Neena Gupta Vij

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Central University of Jammu



Dr. Raj Gaurav Verma

Assistant Professor

Department of English and Modern European Languages

University of Lucknow


Ms. Vishakha Sen

Assistant Professor


Amity University Lucknow




List of Literary texts for reference:

Deep Trivedi                  I am Krishna

Saiswaroopa Iyer           Draupadi: The tale of Empress

Gunjan Porwal               Ashwathama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

Anand Neelkantan         Vanara: The Legend of Baali, Sugreeva and Tara

Kevin Missal                  Kalki: Avtar of Vishnu

Ranjit Desai                   Karna: The Great Warrior

Amit Majumdar             Sitayana

Kamesh Ramakrishna   The Making of Bhishma: A Novel

Volga                             Yashodha: A Novel

Vishwas Mudgal           The Last Avatar: Age of Kalki I

Anurag Chandra            The Ramayan Secret

Pradeep Govind             Duryodhana

Radha Viswanath          Ashtmahishi: The Eight Wives of Krishna

Savita Singh                  Yug Purush        

H. A. Padmini               Mahabharata and the Marvellous Cycle of Boons, Curses and Vows

Adity Kay                     Emperor Vikramaditya


Ashok K. Banker

Prince of Ayodhya (Book one of Ramayana); Siege of Mithala (Book two of Ramayana); Demons of Chitrakut (Book three of Ramayana); Armies of Hanuman (Book four of Ramayana); Bridge of Rama (Book five of Ramayana); King of Ayodhya (Book six of Ramayana); Vengeance of Ravana (Book Seven of Ramayana); Sons of Sita

The Children of Midnight.


Amish Tripathi (The Shiva Trilogy & Ram Chandra Series)

The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas, The Oath of the Vayuputras

Ram: Scion of Ishkvaku, Sita: Warrior of Mithila, Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta


Sharath Komarraju (Hastinapur series)

The Rise of Hastinapur, Winds Of Hastinapur, The Queens of Hastinapur


Kavita Kane

The Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen, Sita's Sister, Menaka's Choice, Lanka's Princess, The FisherQueen’s Dynasty


Devdutt Pattanaik

Jaya, Gita, Sita, The Pregnant King, Shiva, Vishnu, Pashu, Devlok Series.


Utkarsh Patel

Kannagi’s Anklet, Satyavati, Shakuntala