Of canons and Canons: Or Some Observations on Canonicity and Post-Colonialism
Anubhav Pradhan examines the meaning of the term “Indian Popular Fiction in English” and draws attention to the lack of critical attention by literary scholars which the genre as a whole suffers from by questioning the elitism of the literary ‘canon.’
Anything for You, Readers: An Examination of Indian Campus Novels
Sankalp Khandelwal explores the public demolition of images of happy college life through a critique of the emergent genre of the Indian Campus Novel, noting in the process forces which contribute to the consolidation of the same as one the most publicly visible literary genres in India.
The Secularisation of the Indian Epic
Anhiti Patnaik examines the production of the Indian epic for mass consumption through the Amar Chitra Katha series of ‘comic books’, showing how it evades strict categorisation because of the way it straddles the traditional binaries of the canonical and the popular.
Popular Culture and its Populist Fiction: The Myth of Devdas
Ananya Borgohain closely examines two film adaptations of Saratchandra Chatterjee’s Devdas (1917), showing the way the two different takes on the same story reflects change in popular tastes and ideology over the years with regard to the representation and perception of women, sexuality, and love.