INDIAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AND TRANSLATION STUDIES
Literature and performance are inseparably linked with each other. The interplay of performative and the written have deeply influenced the culture and philosophy of different communities. Communities that do not possess a written script express the narratives of their lived experiences through different art forms and performances. Again, often written forms of poetry and prose carry within them the seeds of the oral and the performative traditions of different cultures. The receptions of written texts in various ages and cultures are not just in terms of silent reading but often in terms of reading aloud in groups, enacting them in community festivals and adapting them into other forms of representations. These practices prevalent since centuries have resulted in the increasing traffic between the page, the stage and the audio/visual medium. Generally, factors like caste, class, gender, space influence these transactions which in turn exhibits the different ways of thinking about the ideas of location and identity. This issue is going to reflect on these areas of inextricable relationships and interplay between literature and performance. It will try to break the dichotomy between ‘text’ and ‘performance’ which critics have often argued to be a colonial lineage, and talk of the appropriation of the one by the other and thus engage in the critical dialogue between ‘text’ and ‘performance’.
Focus on the study of the social and cultural gatherings as performances which also creates a reading culture in specific public spheres will be of interest. This dimension is that of various performances which generate certain metadiscourses regarding literature: The reference is to events such as book fairs which celebrate the books, and authors, literary societies, poetry clubs, poetry/novel reading sessions, poetry jam events etc. This issue would like to read these social and cultural gathering as performances which create distinct reading culture in specific public spheres. Reflections on the adaptations of literature and oral traditions into different art and performance traditions, although a well practised area, will be encouraged if dealt with and discussed in the light of the concepts of space and identity and the newly emerging technologies of communication.
Some of the possible sub-themes include but are not limited to:
· Theoretical perspectives on literature and performance
· Critical histories of various forms of performances
· Culture Specific Performances of Literature
· Performances in Folk, and Tribal Culture
· Theatre and Performance
· Oral Tradition and History
· The Cultural Politics of Book fairs and Literary Festivals
· Celebration of Books (Golden Jubilee celebrations and so on)
· Inter-semiotic Translation: Literature, Art and Performance
· The Author as celebrity, especially the way in which writers perform specific “author-roles”, through their interviews, public columns, prefaces and after-words etc.
· Analysis of works of literature which comment upon the aspect of performance.
We invite papers from across the disciplines and from across the world. Only original and unpublished papers will be considered. The length should be between 3000-5000 words. Besides articles we will accept translations, interviews and book reviews. Papers should strictly adhere to the MLA 7th edition style sheet. Any lapse in this regard will result in instant rejection of the contributions without any notice, the quality of the papers notwithstanding. Papers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th November, 2013. No papers will be accepted after the dead line. In case you have any queries, please feel free to contact the editors. For more details you can visit our site at :
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