Reading Contemporary South Asian Literature: A Postcolonial-Ecocritical Approach

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March 31, 2021
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SPECIAL ISSUE Reading Contemporary South Asian Literature: A Postcolonial-Ecocritical Approach

GUEST EDITORS Somjeeta Pandey and Bidhu Chand Murmu

As a school of criticism, the central argument in Postcolonial studies revolves around dismantling the dominant narrative of colonial or imperial history. A colonization process not only captures the native people and culture but their lands too. Proper reading of postcolonial theory would be by understanding the epistemology of colonized environment or vice-versa. Even after decolonization the ideology of imperialism is persistent in native memory and thought. An embeddedness in native psyche not only nurtures imperialism but manifests them with the footprints of colonial masters. In postcolonial countries the discourse of social and economic justice is deeply rooted in ecology. As a consequence, environmental activists from postcolonial nations tend to see any modern policy as a disguised form of neocolonialism or imperial dominance, globalization and modernization.
Since the shocks of imperialism and globalization are most strongly felt in the third world countries, most of them being former colonies, this issue intends to explore texts by South Asian writers examining how these writers and their characters cope with the destruction of the environment. The special issue plans to seek out the writings of epistemological understanding of our environment. Moreover, the issue would also like to see a critical entanglement of race, class, gender, culture, modernization, globalization, nation and trans-nation etc. The proposed issue, moreover, will attempt to show how different genres of literature ranging from fiction to non-fiction can bring out inimitable insights into varied understanding of postcolonial and ecocritical studies.

The sub-themes are:

• Ecological imperialism
• The Discourse of Deforestation in Contemporary South Asian Literature
• Postcolonial Landscapes: Animals and Humans in Postcolonial Narratives
• Gardens of Resistance in Postcolonial texts
• Women and Environment in South Asian Ecotexts

End notes are preferred over footnotes as they are easier to process. All papers must be original, unpublished and written within 4,000-6,000 words. An abstract in 200-250 words with 4-5 keywords should be sent to the given mail id on or before 15th February 2021. Selected papers need to be submitted by 15th May 2021. Each paper should include a cover letter suggesting the name of the author, along with a brief bio, not exceeding 50 words. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Any suggested revisions by the editor and peer reviewers must be returned in two weeks without delay. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.

Last date of submission of abstracts: 31 March 2021
Last date of submission of full papers: 15th May 2021
Format/ Font: MS Word in Times New Roman 12 pt (MLA 8th Edition)



The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics [ISSN 0252-8169] is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute, India since 1977. (Vishvanatha Kaviraja, most widely known for his masterpiece in aesthetics, Sahityadarpana or the “Mirror of Composition”, was a prolific 14th-century Indian poet, scholar, and rhetorician.) The Institute was founded by Prof. Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020) on 22 August 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of renowned philosopher, aesthetician, and art historian, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) to promote interdisciplinary studies in comparative literature, cultural theory, aesthetics, philosophy and criticism of the arts, religion, mythology, and history of ideas.

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