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TEXTUS 3/2020 Issue on English Literature

Millennium’s Children. New trends in South-Asian postmillennial Anglophone Literature

Editors Rossella Ciocca (Università di Napoli L’Orientale) and Alex Tickell (Open University)

Copy editor Aoife Beville

The South-Asian literary scene, after the breakthrough of the Indian postcolonial novel, is now in its complex entirety a space of extremely lively and variegated narrative production. After the groundbreaking sweep of the 80s and 90s with Rushdie, Roy, Seth, Mistry to set the model, in the third millennium a vast train of authors continue to experiment with a multifarious variety of trends, genres, forms and voices (Varughese; Singh). A new generation of writers chart out a vibrant and energetic literary landscape in which the novelistic and other modes, such as the graphic novel, the autobiography or the diary, question changing notions of authorship and interrogate the role of English in creating reading communities across regional borders (Ciocca & Srivastava; Tickell; Anjaria).

Yet, due to its historical cultural activism, born from its relation with the anti-colonial movement and the progressive modernist agenda (AIPWA), it is no surprise that in India the dominant themes in writing from and about the subcontinent still engage intensely with civic, public, political, historical issues. Addressing with new vigor the unsolved tangle of problematic relations between different castes, religions, ethnicities or economic factors such as the spread of neoliberalism with its exploitative economic model, postmillennial writers are ever more interested in delineating new political geographies in order to give voice to those who have only recently acquired the right to speak.

For this issue of Textus, we welcome essays dealing with the literary treatment of themes regarding development and ecological emergencies; persisting casteism and limited access to literacy; internal displacement and diaspora; gender troubles and religious violence. We also invite scholars to discuss the exhilarating effects of neo-liberal globalization; modernity’s fast-changing pace in megalopolises and global cities; communication, the media and the economy of call centers and reality shows; the expansion and specialization of the publishing industry in response to new reading practices. Dalit and tribal literature, women fiction, the novel of the North-East and other border regions, as well as chick-lit, crick-lit, crime, detective and sci-fi fiction will be welcome areas of analysis.

Other areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Sri Lankan Anglophone literatures
Places of unrest: Kashmir, The North-East, landscapes of displacement, border fiction
Naxalite, Dalit, Tribal voices
Ecological emergencies, environmentalism and eco-critical perspectives
Terror and religious violence, the registration of fear
Globalization, neo-liberalism, consumerism: social turmoil and global cities
Urban fiction, Slum Chronicles, Diasporic voices
Gender fiction, Queer stories
New readers, new publisher
History, secular and ‘sacred’, which narrations for the nation in the third millennium?

Deadline for abstracts: September 15th, 2019

Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by: October 15th, 2019

Deadline for articles: February 1st, 2020

Please submit your abstract of approx. 400 words to Rossella Ciocca (rciocca@unior.it); Alex Tickell alex.tickell@open.ac.uk


Emma Dawson Varughese, Reading New India. Post-millenial Indian Fiction in English (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Armadeep Singh, The Indian Novel in 21st Century, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature (Oxford University Press, USA, 2016)

Rossella Ciocca, Neelam Srivastava (eds.), Indian Literature and the World. Multilingualism, Translation and the Public Sphere (Palgrave, 2017).

Alex Tickell (ed.), South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (Palgrave, 2016)

Ulka Anjaria, A History of the Indian Novel in English (Cambridge University Press, 2015)