Emerging Literatures from Northeast India: The Dynamics of Culture, Society and Identity

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Margaret Ch Zama
SAGE Publications India, Apr 11, 2013 - Social Science - 212 pages
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Emerging Literatures from Northeast India is an amalgam of critical perceptions on writings emanating from the region on issues of identity construct, on hidden colonial burdens that refuse to leave and on the key role that oral traditions continue to play and will do so for some time in any study of the region.

Within the ambit of 'emerging' literatures, this book takes into consideration not only the new writings in English and the vernacular being generated from the region, but also the already existing works in the form of translations, thereby making such works accessible for the first time to the rest of the world. Moreover, the book, in critiquing and calling attention to the emerging literatures of the region, is also playing the larger role of providing access to and facilitating the opening up of the region through the academia.

 

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Contents

Building Literary Paradigms for Northeast Discourse
1
1 Articulating Marginality
3
2 Speaking Writing and Coming of the Print Culture in Northeast India
14
3 An Emerging Genre of Political Literature in Indias Frontier
28
4 Towards an Appreciative Paradigm for Literatures of the Northeast
37
5 Sign Forces of Culture
47
Specifics of Literary Paradigms of the Northeast
63
6 Locating Trauma in Mizo Literature
65
10 Culture Makes People What They Are As Much As People Make Culture
108
11 Beyond Borders and Between the Hills
116
12 An Assessment of Northeastern Sensibility in Kiran Desais The Inheritance of Loss and Mamang Dais River Poems
122
13 Northeast Outside the Newspaper Pages
134
CasteTribe Paradigm Beyond the Northeast
149
14 Culture As a Site of Struggle
151
15 Alien Construct and Tribal Contestation in Colonial Chhotanagpur
160
About the Editor and Contributors
177

7 Selected Oral Poetry of Northeast India and the Ecological Space
76
8 The Phawar in Context
90
9 Some Petite Some Powerful
98

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Margaret Ch. Zama is Professor of English at Mizoram University, Aizawl. Besides publications of her own academic works, her translations of Mizo fiction and tales are to be found in edited volumes published by Katha, Oxford University Press and Sahitya Akademi. Her areas of specialization are fiction and critical theory while her areas of interest are folkloristics, cultural and literary studies, particularly of Northeast India.

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