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Organization: Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Literary Theory, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2020-12-15 to 2020-12-16 Abstract Due: 2020-11-30

Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 2021
(Special Issue on Indian Writing in English)

Guest Editor: Dr. Arunima Ray, Assistant Professor of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

The body of work called Indian Writing in English which had its inception under the sign of colonialism has proved to be both exciting and powerful down the years. Its phenomenal proliferation in terms of production and that too of high artistic excellence has earned it a distinct identity of its own. However, for this, it had to traverse varied intellectual terrains and phases of development and decolonization. What made it possible was indeed the spectacular rise of a whole line of talented and illustrious writers who have made original use of the English language and artistic forms, suiting their own cultural needs. They have dominated the literary scene nationally and internationally, winning the most coveted awards and recognition. They have proved to be the producers of a rich postcolonial discursivity.  

The English language, which was once introduced in India by the British to create a class of interpreters for administrative purposes, has been ultimately appropriated by the so-called “natives”, making it their own, a phenomenon that points out the postcolonial need of reconfiguring and reorienting a colonial legacy.  While a number of eminent writers have argued in favour of giving up writing in English calling it a part of the colonial legacy which as they claim overshadowed myriads of regional Indian languages and literatures produced in the country, others, however, point out the historical need of “writing back to the centre”. Again, while some claimed that Indian Writing in English came from the privileged English-speaking elite, it is also true that this very language has given representation to the “Other” of the society who remained subjugated and inarticulate under hierarchies of caste, class, culture, gender, race, ethnicity, centre, margin, global, local, nation, trans-nation, and so on. In addressing such issues, Indian Writing in English has proved to be dynamic, radical, subversive, and pan-Indian in respect of representation and reception. In this context it is important to note that a lot of Bhasha literatures is now getting translated into English. 

This Special Issue on Indian Writing in English hopes to address these varied and complex issues and aspects of Indian Writing in English and accordingly calls upon the prospective contributors to shed new light on the issues involved in terms of fresh ideas, new approaches and required scholarship.

The sub-themes as mentioned below are only suggestive of the area and are in no way restrictive.  Articles with other relevant themes are also welcome:

1. Historical and political contexts; 2. Nation, nationalism and postnationalism; 3. Postcolonial India: its problems and prospects; 4. Partition and its trauma; 5. Migrancy and diaspora, 6. Secularism and multiculturalism; 7. Indian feminism and women empowerment; 8. Caste and gender, 9. Dalit literature; 10. Dalit Feminism; 11. Ethnicity; 12. Globalization: its impact on culture and politics, 13. Industrialization and ecology; 14. Newer themes in poetry; 15. Theatre; 16. Literature of the marginalized; 17. Indian Writing in English translation; 18. Indian Writing in English and the global market.

Submission Guideline: Not exceeding 5,000 words (MLA 7th edition) 

Email: jclaindia@gmail.com, ray_arunima@ymail.com

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2020

Essays aiming to promote or preach political perspectives are strongly discouraged, as it goes against the publication ethics of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA) that the Founding Editor, Prof. Ananta Charan Sukla had maintained since the inception of the journal in 1977. All unsolicited essays must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times New Roman, 12 Font), not exceeding 5,000 words and not below 3,600, complete with an abstract of 100 words alongside 4 or 5 keywords, incorporated within the essay itself. Essays abounding in solecisms, catachresis or those insufficiently argued shall be returned unread. ‘Works Cited’ must preferably follow the MLA 7th or 8th convention without exception. Footnotes are welcome, although Endnotes are easier to process, hence recommended. Each essay submitted must carry a declaration that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The least suspicion of plagiarism will result in an outright rejection of the article.

The cover letter should include a brief author’s bio with no revelation of the author’s identity in the paper itself. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Further communication shall be made only after the editor considers the paper worthy of publication. Revisions must be returned in two weeks without further delay. The author is implored to wait at least two months before withdrawing his article, in case no communication has been made. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.


The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN: 0252-8169) is a half-yearly journal published by the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of legendary philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947).

The Journal is committed to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, conceptual analysis of art, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, history of ideas, literary theory, history, and criticism.

The Journal has already published legends like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, John Hospers, John Fisher, Murray Krieger, Martin Bocco, Remo Ceserani, J.B. Vickery, Menachem Brinker, Milton Snoeyenbos, Mary Wiseman, Ronald Roblin, T.R. Martland, S.C. Sengupta, K.R.S. Iyengar, V.K. Chari, Charles Altieri, Martin Jay, Jonathan Culler, Richard Shusterman, Robert Kraut, T.J. Diffey, T.R. Quigley, R.B. Palmer, Keith Keating, and many renowned scholars.

JCLA is indexed and abstracted in the MLA International Bibliography, Master List of Periodicals (USA), Ulrich’s Directory of Periodicals, ERIH PLUS, ISI, Philosopher’s Index, EBSCO, UGC-Inflibnet, ProQuest, and Gale (Cengage).

Celebrated scholars of the time like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, Mircea Eliade, Monroe Beardsley, John Hospers, John Fisher, Meyer Abrams, John Boulton, and many renowned foreign and Indian scholars were Members of its Editorial Board.



Arunima Ray