“What’s in a Booker?: The Booker Prize and the Indian Novel in English”
15-16 September 2009
Osmania University Centre for International Programmes
Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad, India.
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1980) was the first Indian novel in English to win the Booker Prize and begin a new innings of the Indian English Novel on the international literary scene. Rushdie’s novel received mixed response from the critics and reviewers; but the fact that it lead to a paradigm shift in the Indian English Novel cannot be denied. It took nearly two decades for another Indian novel to win this honour: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things was awarded the Prize in 1997. However, Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss (2006) and Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger (2008) bagged this prize in quick succession. The present seminar focuses on these four novels and examines what it is that makes them the Booker material.
Some of the issues this seminar addresses include:
• Significance of these novels in the corpus of the Indian English Novel
• Decisive shifts effected by these texts in the Indian English Novel
• Formal and linguistic innovations that enrich these texts
• Reception of these novels in and outside India
• Ideological positions posited in these texts
• Politics of international literary prizes
• What’s a Booker and what is in it for the Indian Novel
Proposals on the above or related themes for either (a) individual papers or (b) preconstituted panels should include: (1) Title (2) Abstract (not more than 250 words for papers and 350 words for panels) and (3) 50-word bio-note on the presenter, including academic affiliation and email address.
Email the proposals to either Prof C Vijayasree (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Prof T Vijay Kumar (email@example.com) by 15 July 2009.
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