Literature and Film of South Asia: Dialogues with the European Canon

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Richard Schumaker/NeMLA 2022
contact email: 

This roundtable will examine adaptations of Western canonical works by South Asian novelists, poets, filmmakers, and essayists. We want to keep the focus of this session as wide and as open as possible. Our suggested approach for your presentations is to isolate a single passage, character, or chapter and explore similarities and differences between your target of study and the original Western “version.” Ideally, roundtable participants will share precise texts or film clips with the attending audience and fellow roundtable members.

Thematic areas of interest:

· gender,

· social structure

· social change

· history

· family

· post-colonial themes

Our hope is that roundtable participants integrate a personal existential element into their presentation: What led you to South Asian literature and cinema? Multimedia examples such as photos and films from you own experience would be most welcome.

We are hoping that this roundtable balances so-called high and popular culture: presentations on the Shakespeare, Dostoevsky (Saawariya), Austin (Aisha) and Hardy adaptations are as welcome as adaptations of the "Godfather" (Sarkar), "The Citadel"(Tere Mere Sapne), and "Rebecca" (Kohra). That is, we interpret “canon” loosely.