Second session of the National Undergraduate Research Conference 2014, held in MCPH on January 26th and 27th.
Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy
Abstract coming soon.
An Analysis of Ray’s Transition as an Artist
Between the Apu Trilogy (1955-1959)
and the Calcutta Trilogy (1971- 1976)
Abstract coming soon.
Kanthapura and English August: Framing an Indian Identity
The question of ‘Framing an Indian Literary Sensibility’ is one of a very political nature, which cannot be engaged without an accurate understanding, first, of the concept of ‘Indian Literary Sensibility’. Hence, we need to re-asses our Indian identity at this historical conjuncture, by validating our ‘experience of India’ with the ‘idea of India’. And as we do so, we find that with the falling ideals of nationalism, a pan Indian identity is lost in its failure to accept the contradictions coming from within. Therefore, identifying our own struggle would pave way to a revolution, in which a literary sensibility would flourish on a renewed plane of creativity, traditions and theory.
Non-human, Inanimate and Animal Characters in the Short Stories of Saadat Hasan Manto
Manto has been recognised as one of the finest short story writers of his time, and it is thus a surprise to note the lack of critically conducted analysis of any of his vast collection of works. Although his choice of characters, and their portrayal has been widely spoken of by his critics and readers alike, this paper shifts the focus to his intricate use of non-human, inanimate and animal characters within his narrative framework. It also looks at how these characters lend themselves to the larger themes underlying in his stories.
Arathy Somasekhar Nair
The Growing Popularity of American Situation Comedies
Among Urban Youth in India
Against the Declining Interest in Indian Television Dramas
Visual media has grown manifold in the last 3 decades, thanks to better technology and its universal accessibility. Television series are among the most common pastime of the youth in India. However, this liking is vastly towards American situational comedies (sitcoms) and rarely towards Indian television dramas or soaps. The declining interest to Indian series can be viewed in two manners: one, as a consequence of the growing popularity of American television series; and two, due to the inherent flaws that have recently become apparent in the Indian series themselves. The paper tries to examine the choice of the youth in a cultural, social, economic and moral space and the redefinition of sensibility that has come about in the view of globalization.
Notions of Guilt and Celebration in Allen Ginsberg’s Poetry:
Kaddish, The Terms in Which I Think of Reality
and My Sad Self
The research article aims to review Allen Ginsberg’s poetry to find elements of guilt and celebration. The paper particularly looks at his works Kaddish, The Terms in Which I Think of Reality and My Sad Self to find such elements as displacement, identity, lament, sorrow, pain, love and regret. The article tries to relate landmark events in his life, relationships and conflicts to these three poems. Reflections of these influences in his works are identified.
Mapping Sexualities :
Cindy Sherman and Shakuntala Kulkarni
The paper attempts to analyze the works of post-modern artists, Cindy Sherman and Shakuntala Kulkarni, as a way of mapping feminine sexualities in two different cultures. While Sherman’s photographs and film stills are examined through Kristevan concepts of semiotic, symbolic and abject, Kulkarni’s performances are investigated within Indian frameworks. Sexuality is used as the canvas on which both artists paint the perspective of their differing yet similar views on society. Through the work of Shakuntala Kulkarni, there is an emergence of a new literary sensibility in art and feminism, because her artwork requires the emergence of a new Indian aesthetic, which can be used to analyze modern art.
Tracing Guilt in Indian Women’s Literature
The study aims to trace the psychosocial aspect of guilt in Indian women’s literature of the 15th and 20th century, through two prominent characters of these times – Mirabai and Kamala Das. Using various parameters such as social norms, notions of morality prevalent in the chosen time frame and understandings of notions of guilt, the article tests the presence or absence of guilt in this category of literature. The functioning of the patriarchal structure is closely looked at in order to further understand the position that women hold in such a societal structure. The study goes further beyond concepts like liberty and freedom by looking into guilt, a concept which has most often been neglected and yet very prominently been burdened upon women.
Framing an Indian Literary Sensibility
through Novel Educational Strategies
Literature provides us with insights into likely situations and gives us the opportunity to critically examine ourselves and our surroundings, thereby making us self-aware and purposeful. This paper constructs and explores an educational framework in which literary sensibility is seeded from a very early age. A detailed analysis of different genres of literature in the purview of this process is provided in an Indian context. A model that integrates into the current primary and secondary school education system is presented by modifying and improving existing paradigms of dissemination of literary knowledge, through a balanced combination across various genres of literature.