South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2018 South Asia Seminar Series - PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production

Wed, June 27, 2018
Fall 2018 South Asia Seminar Series - PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP: form and genre in South Asian cultural production
Madhubābu., “Miḍnaiṭ eḍveñcar,” University of Texas Libraries Global Studies Exhibitions

The South Asia Institute is pleased to announce our Fall 2018 South Asia Seminar Series!

PUBLIC | POPULAR | PULP
form and genre in South Asian cultural production
 
“Whatsoever the quality of fictional literature, it is eventually a means to mental escape.  Its purpose is to provide recreation of one or the other level…  elitist or high literature is absolutely meaningless for a big segment of our society.  Then why should I write for a few drawing rooms?  Why shouldn’t I write in a style which is more popular… maybe this way some high concepts may reach the common people too?”*
 
This fall’s South Asia Seminar Series explores printed examples of South Asian popular culture—mysteries, romances, comics—as they underscore and grapple with historical and contemporary concerns such as identity, power, & representation.  In addition to interrogating literary approach, speakers in the series will address questions of gender, of sexuality, of caste & religion, and of authority, helping us challenge what qualifies as “worthy” both in terms of style and substance.

September 13 - C.M. Naim, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago on "Crime Fiction in Urdu, 1890–1950"

September 20 - UT Panel on "Building UT’s Popular and Pulp Fiction Collection" with Darsana Manayathu Sasi, Malayalam Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies; Aniruddhan Vasudevan, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology; and Mary Rader, South Asia Librarian, UT Libraries

October 4 - Mara Thacker, South Asian Studies Librarian, University of Illinois on "Superfan!: Exploring Comics Culture at Comic Con India"

October 18 - Nisha Kommattam, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago & Researcher, University of Cologne on "The 'High,' the 'Low' and the 'Trashy': Specters of the Popular in Malayalam Literature"

October 25 - Bilal Tanweer, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences on "Trickster as Commando: Performance of Pakistaniyat in Urdu Pulp Fiction"

November 1 - Maryam Wasif Khan, Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences on "The Populism of Piety: Conversion, Agency, and Exclusion in the Contemporary Urdu Novel"

November 15 - Laura Brueck, Professor, Northwestern University on "Indian Pulp Fictions In the Reflection of World Literature"

All seminars will take place Thursdays in the Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) from 3:30-5pm,
with a reception preceding at 3pm.

Convener: Mary Rader (South Asia Librarian, University of Texas Libraries)

*Quote attributed to Ibn-e Safi in the introduction to the English translation of House of Fear (Noida: Random House Publishers, 2009).

Image: Madhubābu., “Miḍnaiṭ eḍveñcar,” University of Texas Libraries Global Studies Exhibitions

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