Seminar: Re ‐envisioning South Asian Liter atures
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I would like to bring the following conference announcement to
your attention. If you are interested in presenting a paper please
write directly to the organizer. (Please note that the deadline
for proposals is coming up fast.)
CALL FOR PAPERS
ACLA 2009 Conference
March 26-29, 2009
SEMINAR: RE-ENVISIONING SOUTH ASIAN LITERATURES: THEORIES,
AESTHETICS, AND INFLUENCE IN LOCAL AND GLOBAL CONTEXTS
Buddhadeva Bose, founder of the Department of Comparative
Literature at Jadavpur University, once remarked "There isn't
anything called Indian Literature, whatever are there, are but ten
or twelve literatures written in different Indian languages."
Bose's comment points to the difficulty of forming a cohesive,
holistic theory of South Asian aesthetics, criticism, and
literature. Bose implies that it is as problematic to speak of
multiple South Asian literatures as one unified whole as it is to
single out one national literature and allow it to take literary
precedent over others. Thus, only by understanding local and
global contexts, can we access and re-envision South Asian
literatures, theories, and aesthetic practices.
This seminar invites scholars to present papers on:
* What kind of aesthetics and theories developed within
particular South Asian literatures? How did these local
literatures influence or exclude one another? Did any of
these literatures take a cultural precedent over another?
* In what aesthetic frame do we place multilingual or exophonic
South Asian writers?
* What has been the affect of colonial languages on South Asian
literary forms? What lasting influence did these languages
have on our perception of South Asian literary canons,
marketplaces, and aesthetic norms? How do such literatures
compare to their local or regional counterparts?
* What is the relationship between access to the literatures of
South Asia and their local or global presence?
* How have non-South Asian (and perhaps even non-colonial)
writers absorbed South Asian aesthetic practices or themes
into their own work?
The DEADLINE for paper proposals is NOVEMBER 3, 2008 at 9 pm PST.
Please submit all papers abstracts (with a 250 word maximum)
directly to the 2009 ACLA Conference Website at:
If you have any questions regarding the conference or seminar
theme, please send an e-mail to banerjee at fas.harvard.edu
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington
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