Signposts of History, Fiction , and Memory:A Cultural Reading of the Post Office in South Asia
CFP- Essays are being solicited for an edited volume on the topic of The Post office in History Fiction and Memory in the context of South Asia spanning the period of 19th century to the present. Interdisciplinary in scope, the submissions will deal with the popular perception of the post office, the postman, the letterbox etc. and their representation based on a perspective grounded in cultural studies. From the legendary mail runner, or harkara dressed in a red turban, chapkan, and a bell suspended from his left shoulder to the non-conformist bullock mail carts and the avant-garde air mail of 1911 to the present-day e-post, has been a much acclaimed historic journey. For years, these emblems of human civilization and communication have stoked the passions of many a poet, writer, film maker and artist who have eulogized the mail runner. The proposed volume seeks to revisit these cultural emblems of history, modernity, romance that have been immortalized in public memory despite great technological advancement in modes of communication.
Contributors are requested to send an abstract of 250 words to Madhu Singh, Associate Professor, Department of English & Modern European Languages, University of Lucknow at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2010. Please submit the writer’s name, professional affiliation, email address and a brief CV with the title of the paper. If the abstract is accepted, the final essays of 5000-7000 words will be due by the end of Nov 2010. Only original contributions are invited.
Department of English & Modern European Languages
University of Lucknow
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