Call for Papers
CORPSE NARRATIVE: DEATH OF THE BODY?
Tempted to know, Fearful to look,
It may be Fascination for few,
What am I? What is the Evidence?
Can I transcend the Time?
Grotesque for the mass.
Twisted and deformed.
Literature and History are considered as the tools to evaluate and record human behaviour and human thought. Interestingly, they not only focus on narratives of past and the relevance of the same in the contemporary times but also they record the death-scapes. There are Literatures available which transcend the boundaries of Time and Death manifested as an inevitable phenomenon. Nevertheless, Reverence for the dead is one of the markers of humanity, bound up with the development of societies and cultures. Too often regarded as the macabre endpoint of life, the corpse is rarely discussed and largely kept out of the public eye. As rightly said by Fintan O’Toole, (Visiting Lecturer in English and Theater; Visiting Leonard l. Milberg '53 Professor in Irish Letters) ‘spinning stories around them that can be austere or grotesque, tragic or farcical, haunting or hilarious.’ .
Various cultures have different notions about death. Death is inevitable part of human life. In India, death is normalized as compared to western culture. It is believed that it is body which dies but soul remains immortal. Death never ends life. So, death is mentioned in classical and modern literature. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna speaks of births and deaths.
Dramas and films use dead bodies to explore fear, sex, greed, guilt, innocence and grief. In our novels, movies, and television shows, the corpse has a leading role. From Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus to Hitchcock’s Psycho to George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, dead bodies occupy positions of real power. We like to play with dead bodies and narrativize the stories of them as ‘real’ and ‘fascinating’.
What happens when there is a dead body on stage?
Why do corpses star in so many movies?
Why are we so fascinated and simultaneously repulsed by the dead body in literature?
How do writers treat dead bodies as characters, plot devices, and symbols?
How are corpses represented by writers such as Stephen King compared to other writers such as William Faulkner or Mary Shelley?
This book will seek to get answers from literature and its usage as primary vehicle for discussion. Although this book is about corpses, contributors will get a platform to anticipate lively discussions and a significant amount of writing. How corpse narratives transcend the boundaries of time and the grave and exorcise souls in order to re-member memories, restore stories, historicize and sometimes re-right history. Indeed, such visible texts make disappeared bodies appear to the reader; they act like warning voices resurrecting from the grave.
For the convenience of the scholars, some topics have been listed below but they are only suggestive, and the scholars are free to choose their areas of interest within this wider framework. The sub-themes are as follows:
1. Corpse Narrative: Past and Present
2. Existentialism and Death
3 Death and Philosophy
4. Corpse Narrative and Spirituality
5. Corpse Narratives in Classical Literature
6. Corpse Narrative and Cinema
7. Corpse Narratives and Folklore
8. Corpse Narratives in Drama
9. Corpse Narratives in Poetry
10. Corpse Narratives and Cultural Studies
Editors: Dr Swati Kumari, Assistant Professor, JAIN (Deemed to-be) University Bangalore & Dr. Manoj Kumar, Asst. Professor, Amity University Rajasthan.
? Font & size: Times New Roman 12, Spacing: 1.5 lines, Margin of 1 inch on all four sides ? Title of the paper: bold, Sentence case (Capitalize each word), centered
? Text of the paper: Justified. Font & Size: Times New Roman – 12
? References: Please follow MLA style (latest)
? Articles should be submitted as MS Word attachments only ? The length of article should be 3000-5000 words
30th May 2022- Abstract along with a brief Bio-note
30th July 2022- Full Paper
15th June – Intimation of Acceptance Authentic, scholarly and unpublished research papers are invited from scholars/ faculty/ researchers/ writers/ professors from all over the world. The book will be published with an ISBN by a renowned publisher.
Full papers should be sent on the email id:-
Dr Manoj Kumar