The realm of late-20th and early-21st century English writings is dominated by a plethora of contributions by writers from such countries as India, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Kenya, and Nigeria, which have had once been colonies of Britain, and are collectively and often referred to as the ‘Commonwealth’. In The Empire Writes Back (1989), Bill Ashcroft et al., have opted for the term ‘postcolonial literature’ to identify ‘Commonwealth writings’, comprising of novels, plays, and poetry by eminent litterateurs like Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Kim Scott, Michael Crummey, Shaun Johnson, John Maxwell Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Austin Clark, Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Munro, among many others. Whatever be the country of production, some themes are common to Commonwealth writings, and include quest for identity, feeling of rootlessness and despair, inability to the adjust to the country of settlement or the nation rapidly undergoing change after conclusion of imperial rule, search for suitable vocation in postcolonial world, an awareness of the problematic and often hostile relationship between the colonised and the former or present colonisers, and the existence of Marxian social differences between the impoverished subaltern and the enriched imperial-collaborators. The present anthology proposes to collect critical essays and articles on various genres and subgenres of Commonwealth writings and analyse their similarities with and differences from the so-called ‘mainstream’ English literature. The main themes that usually characterise Commonwealth publications are also to be explored with suitable illustrations. Teachers, research scholars, and postgraduate students dealing with Commonwealth literature as part of their syllabi or teaching assignments are likely to be imminently benefited from the various essays complied in this critical anthology.
· Paper size: A4, Font & size: Times New Roman 12, Spacing: Single line, Margin of 1 inch on all four sides.
· Title of the paper: bold, title case (Capitalize each word), centered.
· Text of the paper: justified. Font & size: Times New Roman 12.
· References: Please follow MLA style (Only Author-Date or Number System) strictly. Don’t use Foot Notes. Instead use End Notes.
· Titles of books: Italics.
· Titles of articles from journals and books: “quoted”.
· Articles should be submitted as MS Word 2003-2007attachments only.
· The paper should not usually exceed 14 pages maximum, 5 pages minimum in single spacing.
· Each paper must be accompanied by i) A declaration that it is an original work and has not been published anywhere else or send for publication ii) Abstract of paper about 100-200 words and iii) A short bio-note of the contributor(s) indicating name, institutional affiliation, brief career history, postal address, mobile number and e-mail, in a single attachment. Please don’t send more attachments. Give these things below your paper and send all these things in a separate single MS-Word attachment.
· The papers submitted should evince serious academic work contributing new knowledge or innovative critical perspectives on the subject explored.
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Each contributor is advised to send full paper with brief bio-note, declaration and abstract as a single MS-Word email attachments to any one of the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com up to 30th October, 2011. For ordinary correspondence, if any, please use the address: Dr. Pinaki Roy, C/o. M/s. New Niramay Clinic, 880, Hili More, Narayanpur, Post Office: Balurghat – 733 101, District: Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal.
Dr. Pinaki Roy (Assistant Professor of English, Malda College, Rabindra Avenue, Post Office + District: Malda - 732 101, West Bengal, India). For correspondence, write to: Dr. Pinaki Roy, C/o. M/s. New Niramay Clinic, 880, Hili More, Narayanpur, Post Office: Balurghat - 733 101, District: Dakshin Dinajpur, West Bengal, India Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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