deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2022
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MELOW: The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World








Right from the time of its publication a century ago, T.S. Eliot’s magnum opus, The Waste Land has had an uneasy life and much later also an uneasy after-life. Apart from its fragmented style, with a plethora of allusions, and appended Notes, Eliot’s various comments on the poem have added to the difficulty of making sense of what was (or is) contained in the poem. When he called the poem “just a piece of rhythmical grumbling,” many critics like Edmund Wilson and much later Wyndham Lewis, latched on to it to show that the poem stemmed from his personal pain and anguish. Fortunately, critics now agree, as Russell Kirk has pointed out, that apart from dramatizing the “broken inner order of the soul,” the poem also draws attention to “the smashed outer order of European society.” Critics have scrutinized Eliot’s politics, his religious beliefs, and even his sexual orientation. Simultaneously, they have also applied to his work New Critical procedures, focusing on its inner life, its structure and texture, its language experiments, use of quotations, and other novelties and oddities. 


A century later, when we look back at The Waste Land and try and assess its influence on the literature that followed, we see it as a watershed marking the Before and After of its publication. One could easily look at the poem in two broad ways: 

(i)             the poem per se and the implication of what it contains within its 434 lines, and 

(ii)            the way the poem relates to the outer world and, by extension, its relevance to our times. The fact that the one-hundredth anniversary of the poem is being celebrated globally by academics and non-academics shows that it is an important landmark not only in terms of what it is but also because it has undeniably affected the course of poetry (and literature) during the last one hundred years. 


The call for papers from MELOW aims to take a look at The Waste Land and its impact on the literature that followed in its wake. 


Papers will be divided into two categories:

I. The Poem: Papers dealing with the text itself, focusing on

  • “He Do the Police in Many Voices” – The voices of The Waste Land.
  • “These fragments have I shored...” – Classical allusions 
  • “Jug jug, jug jug” – The use of music in The Waste Land
  • “Keep the Dog far hence” – T.S. Eliot’s Dead Gods and Anthropology 
  • “Burning Burning Burning” – Fire and its Uses in The Waste Land
  • “They Wash their feet in Soda Water” – The Arid Waste and the Sound of Thunder 
  • “I had not thought death had undone so many” – The presence of Dante in The Waste Land

 II. The Aftermath and the Outreach: Assessing the impact of The Waste Land

  • Is the poem just a period piece or does it cut across Spatio-temporal borders?
  • The Waste Land in the Classroom today
  • The Waste Land, The Tradition, and the Individual Talent 
  • Shanti, Shanti: Eliot’s Indian connection
  • The Waste Land as a literary influence on specific texts
  • The Waste Land’s connection with Pop Culture


Those interested in the publication may send their full papers by the 1st of November 2022.  


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MELOW (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World) was first set up in 1998 as MELUS-India. It is an academic organization, among the foremost of its kind in India. The members are college and university teachers, scholars and critics interested in literature, particularly in world literatures, and literary connections across borders of time and space. The organization meets every year at an international conference. It seeks to maintain academic standards, encourages younger scholars, and provides a forum for a fruitful exchange between upcoming and senior scholars in literature.


MEJO, the revamped journal of MELOW has existed in hard print for about a decade. The latest issue, released in February 2022, comprises a selection of papers presented at the 21st MELOW Conference held at Shoolini University, Solan, HP. 



Current Office Bearers of MELOW w.e.f. 1st April 2020

The Governing Body:

President: Prof. Manju Jaidka, Shoolini University, Solan, HP 

Vice-President: Prof. Debarati Bandopadhyay, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, West Bengal

Secretary: Prof. Manpreet Kaur Kang, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi

Jt. Secretary: Prof. Roshan Lal Sharma, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala

Treasurer: Prof. Aneel Kumar Raina, Panjab University, Chandigarh


Regional Representatives: 

Prof Dipankar Purkayastha (Silchar)

Dr Seema Bhupendra (Udaipur)

Dr Neela Sarkar (Kolkata)

Dr Jyoti Mishra (Chattisgarh)

Dr Vandhana Sharma (Jammu)

Dr Radha Gautam (Surat)

Dr Neepa Sarkar (Bangalore)

Dr Meenu Gupta (Chandigarh) 

Dr Jap Preet Bhangu (Longowal, Pb)

Prof M.L. Raina (Chandigarh)

Prof Sachidananda Mohanty (Orissa, India)

Prof Sushila Singh (Varanasi) 

Dr Vijay Sharma (Delhi)


International Advisory Board

Prof Giorgio Mariani (U of Rome, Italy)

Prof Rajeshwari Pandharipande (U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Prof Mukesh Williams (Soka University, Japan)

Prof Pawel Jędrzejko (U of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)


Assistant International Advisors

Dr Ui Terramoto (Japan)

Dr Khagendra Acharya (Nepal)


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