The purpose of the present seminar is to deliberate upon the reading and understanding of fiction in terms of its ethicality for succour in contemporary times of debilitating moral crisis. The purpose even extends to the classroom in our universities where fiction acquires a prominent place in the curricula. It therefore also needs to be discussed in this seminar how we as teachers should locate/relocate ourselves with respect to the fictional text such that the students are enabled to develop their efficiency in multiple ways. Reading has to serve as a gateway to a deeper level of thought, giving impetus to reflections on one’s own values, enabling greater competence in communication and documentation and better equipping them to predict and prepare for the future.
Proposals and papers are invited from research students, teachers, scholars and writers concerning the following sub-themes of the seminar. The sub-themes are only suggestive, not restrictive.
Contemporary cultural theories and the crisis of reading fiction (Fictional works from 19th century to the present)
Narrative consciousness in Bhasha novels
Narrative experimentation and the representation of history in contemporary fiction
Cyber fiction and the reflection of truth
Parody/Hybridity/Polyphony in fiction
Question of ending in contemporary fiction
Fictional text and the writer/reader
Fictional text and the teacher/student: Practical or textual demonstration
Moral ambiguity in contemporary fiction
Challenges of reading and understanding contemporary fiction
Proposals or abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to the Seminar Convener at email: firstname.lastname@example.org before November 30, 2013. The selected participants will be informed by December 10, 2013.
Guru Charan Behera
Department of English
Banaras Hindu University
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