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The Environment of South Asia: Literary and Cinematic Representations

Deadline for Abstracts: 31 December 2019

Editorial Information

Guest Editor:
Shazia Rahman

Journal Editor:
Nalini Iyer, Seattle University

Founding Editor:
H.B. Kulkarni

Editors Emeriti:
K.D. Verma
P.S. Chauhan



South Asian Review

The global environmental crisis has been playing out in specific ways in South Asia as histories of colonialism and now communalism intersect with human and nonhuman relations of all kinds. While many writers and filmmakers work on and represent the South Asian environment directly to raise awareness, some ecocritics write about South Asian literature and film to emphasize and draw attention to the environment even in texts that don’t intentionally showcase environmentalism. Most ecocritics, however, only discuss the work of Indian writers, such as Arundhati Roy, Amitav Ghosh, and Indra Sinha. 

This special issue aims to expand Indian ecocriticism into South Asian ecocriticism and include more work from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka as well as other marginalized parts of India and South Asia. The goal is to bring together conversations about South Asian environment as represented in film and literature by exploring questions including but not limited to the following:

  • What literary and cinematic strategies do South Asians use to draw attention to environmental issues?
  •  How is ecofeminism represented in South Asian film and literature?
  • How does the history of colonialism impact environmental issues in South Asian literature and film?
  • How can ecocritics write about Bollywood film to emphasize environmental issues?
  • How are environmental issues discussed in the literature of South Asia’s vernacular languages?
  • What is the place of nonhuman animals in South Asian film and literature?

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Submission Instructions

Interested contributors should send 300 word abstracts and brief biographical statements via email to Shazia Rahman (1shaziarahman@gmail.com) by 31 December 2019. Double-spaced essays should be no longer than 7500 words including endnotes and a list of works cited. The completed articles should be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/rsoa/default.aspx

The journal uses Chicago Author–Date style and a guide can be found at https://www.tandf.co.uk/…/…/style/reference/tf_ChicagoAD.pdf

Completed manuscripts will be due 1 May 2020