Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Asiatic, June 2018

Special Issue Theme: Bangladeshi Writing in English (BWE)

Special Issue Editors: Mohammad A. Quayum & Md. Mahmudul Hasan

Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature is highly regarded and indexed by, among others, Scopus, Thomson Reuters and MLA databases. It is also listed in the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Since it is an open-access journal, it has greater visibility and a large global readership and is widely cited. The journal invites submissions for a special issue on Bangladeshi Writing in English (BWE) in June 2018.

The urge among the people of the region what is now Bangladesh to express themselves creatively in English is centuries old. However, since historically they have had to grapple successively with different modes of national identity, a distinct literary tradition of what we may call Bangladeshi Writing in English (BWE) has not yet been recognised. In terms of literary reception and critical appreciation, BWE lags behind its Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan counterparts that have thus far claimed literary history books and attracted considerable critical discussion. Ironically, compared to other parts of the South Asian subcontinent, the Bengal region was more exposed to English education during the British colonial period. It claims the oldest and some of the finest literary works dating back to Sheikh Deen Muhammad’s The Travels of Dean Mahomet (1794) and  Kylas Chunder Dutt’s A Journal of Forty-Eight Hours of the Year 1945 (1835). Hence, there is an urgent need for critical assessment of BWE in order to recognise this important literary tradition and put its practitioners in their rightful places.

Asiatic invites submissions on the various authors and different aspects of BWE. Possible topics and areas of focus may include, but are not restricted to:

– Bangladeshi writers in English in the pre-1971 era

– Bangladeshi writers in English in the post-1971 era

– The emerging, younger generation Bangladeshi writers in English

– Creative writings in the English dailies and periodicals of Bangladesh

– Self-translation between Bangla and English in the Bangladeshi literary tradition

– Creative writing in English among the Bangladeshi diaspora

– Recognition of Bangladeshi writers in English in Bangladesh and beyond 

– Independence/Liberation movements (1947 & 1971)

– The rural-urban divide

– Tradition and modernity

– Gender and work in Bangladesh

– Religion and culture

– Migration (internal and international)

Asiatic invites engaging, passionate and well-argued essays that cover some of the abovementioned issues or any other important facets and dimensions of BWE. It also seeks to showcase original literary pieces and so encourages creative writers of Bangladeshi origin to submit their unpublished English works.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words along with six keywords and authors’ brief biographies (85 words) are due by 15 October 2017. Notification of selection will be emailed by 31 October 2017.

The deadline for submissions of full papers (5000-7000 words) and creative pieces (max 4000 words) is 31 January 2018.

The issue will be coedited by Mohammad A. Quayum and Md. Mahmudul Hasan of the Department of English Language and Literature, International Islamic University Malaysia.

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All submissions must be in English following British spelling and formatted according to the MLA style. For more details on style and format, please visit the journal webpage: writing in english_cfp