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

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"

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 "Popular Literature in Malayalam: Three Moments in Literary History"

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