SEMINAR AND SPECIAL ISSUE - A Study of Aesthetics in Art and Representation: Memorialising an Epitaph for the Literary Legacy of Ananta Charan Sukla
Organization: Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
Contemporary studies in art in juxtaposition with the politics of representation lack a cogent evaluation of the limitations of the persisting need for epistemic validation for ontological existence. The relationship between art and its contribution toward the endorsement of ontological beliefs is a complex entity that constructs and reconstructs material conceptions of literary history. Such gaps in literary criticism necessitate a theoretical analysis of the aesthetic experience in art and reality, and the scope of aesthetics in its (re)presentation of the reality of art.
This seminar is an effort to commemorate the contributions of Ananta Charan Sukla (1942-2020) toward the realm of literary criticism. His chief works in literary theory engage with a tendentious rereading of the concept of aesthetics for the promotion of novel ideas in the field. To understand and develop his literary output, scholars need to question the positionality of the ‘third-world’ subject in Western discourses to enable the creation of mechanisms of departure from mainstream criticism for the development of an alternate mode of enquiry that concerns itself with the establishment of the subaltern as the Subject. Within this postcolonial framework, we need to examine contemporary theories of literary representation, and study the essence of art and its reality.
Other potential thematic constructs for academic discourse include reconsideration of literary theory and representation in comparative literature. Sukla has extensively worked on distinct modes of representation and re-presentation in fiction. Scholars are, therefore, welcome to integrate the diversity of his research interests to explore the fundamentals of fictionality in literary tradition, particularly its relationship with epistemology and subjectivity. Discourse on fictionality is supremely pertinent to understand his examination of the conceptuality of fiction and its contribution, if any, to the paradigmatic status of the actual world.
To make the seminar an academic ode to a remarkable critic, we invite scholarly papers that engage with the potentialities of representation in contemporary criticism and explore the aesthetics of art. We also welcome papers that introduce the anxieties and enquiries of contemporary criticism in their engagement with literary aesthetics. The objective is to continue discussions inaugurated by Sukla in academia.
Possible topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Mimesis (Imitation) in Greek and Indian Aesthetics
- Indian Aesthetics in Dramaturgy and Poetics
- The Indian ‘Subject’ in Western Aesthetics
- Art, Essence, and Experience in Contemporary Aesthetics
- Examination of Representation and Deconstruction in Literary Theory
- Theorisation of Impersonal Art
- Potentiality of Art in the Indian Milieu
- Transcultural Possibilities of Classical Indian Aesthetics
- Strategies of Deconstruction in Comparative Literature
- Language, Discourses, and Aesthetics
- Ontology and its Representation in Literature
- Environmental Aesthetics in Indian and Western Philosophy
- A Comparative Study of Ananta Sukla, Vishvanatha Kaviraja, and T.S. Eliot
We hope to reflect on ideas that promise the possibility of a cultural (and literary) transformation. Interested scholars are invited to submit original and unpublished papers. The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2021.
Submissions (in 4,000-6,000 words) must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times, 12 pt) with a brief author’s bio, abstract and keywords.
Moderator and Guest Editor: Mridula Sharma, University of Delhi