Geographical Imaginations in Indian Writings in English
Call for Papers for an Edited Book
Title of the Book: Geographical Imaginations in Indian Writings in English
The tendency to look at literature as a spatially symbolic act took root during the 1970s with the repeated emphasis on a possible interrelation between literature and geography given by the humanistic geographers and literary critics like Yi-Fu Tuan, Edward Relph, David Harvey, Derek Gregory, Nigel Thrift, D. C. D. Pocock, Robert T. Tally Jr., and others. There is a renewed interest in, as Edward W. Soja in Postmodern Geographies asserts, spatialising “the historical narrative, to attach to durée an enduring critical human geography” (1). Robert T. Tally Jr. in his introduction entitled “The Reassertion of Space in Literary Studies” to The Routledge Handbook of literature and Space (2017) writes -
Matters of space and spatiality are, in some senses, nothing new to literature. Setting is a key feature of almost all stories, as events take place in a given place, after all. Distinctive locales, regions, landscape, or other geographical features are often crucial to the meaning and the effectiveness of literary work. ... However, the last few decades have witnessed a profound reassertion of space in humanities, as matters of space, place, and mapping have come to the forefront of crucial discussions of literature and culture. (1)
Actually, matters of space, spatiality, geography, topography and place have mostly remained neglected in modern scholarship and teaching because in most modern and postmodern literary criticism history and temporality have been dominating discourses. But in recent criticism the “when” and “what” of literature yield place to “where” as Michel Foucault declared the present time as “the epoch of space” (22). Literature reflects a spirit of place and a sense of place because place is known and given meaning when it is felt and closely experienced by human beings living in it. In the Preface of his famous book, Place and Placelessness (1976) Edward Relph criticises the modern environmental discussions which generalise and, resultantly, simplify the landscape in terms of some stereotypical and mechanical structures or models and subsequently “ignore much of the subtlety and significance of everyday experience”. The immense topographical variety of India and the divergent paths of life which thrive on its different terrains have strengthened its possibility to be “spatially symbolic” in many ways. We invite articles which might touch upon, but are not limited to, the following areas -
- Sense of Place in Indian Writing in English.
- Spirit of Place in Indian Writing in English.
- Romantic Geography in Indian Literature.
- “The Country and the City” in Indian English Literature.
- Representation of Rural India in Literature.
- Urban Space in Indian English Literature.
- Marginal Geography in Indian Writing.
- Representation of Periphery in Literature.
- Animal and Plant Geography in Indian Literature.
- Representation of Non-place in Literature.
- Feminist Geography in Literature.
- Masculinity and Place.
- Representation of Gay Space in Indian Writing.
- Abstract (not more than 300 words with 4-5 keywords), and full paper (minimum words 3000-maximum words 4500) are invited from the academicians and research scholars.
- The manuscript should be as per MLA 8th Edition.
- The contributors are advised to send a short bio-note (150-200 words) along with the Abstract.
- Manuscripts should be typed in British English using MS Word format with paper size: A4; Font type & font size: Times New Roman, 12; Spacing: 1.5; Margin: 1 inch on all four sides.
- The title of the paper should be in capital letters, bold, font-size: 14, and centered at the top of the first page. The author (s) and affiliations (s) should be centered, bold, font-size: 12 and single-spaced, beginning from the second line below the title.
Send your Abstract to: email@example.com
Deadline for Submission: 3rd November 2021
Dr. Samit Kumar Maiti
Assistant Professor & Head
Dept. of English
Seva Bharati Mahavidyalaya
Kapgari, Jhargram, West Bengal
Mr. Soumen Jana
Assistant Professor & Head
Dept. of English
Gopiballavpur, Jhargram, West Bengal
The edited book will be published by an internationally reputed publishing house.