Call for Chapter Proposals-Critical Research on Mappila Literary Culture

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Call for Chapter Proposals-Critical Research on Mappila Literary Culture


Editor

Muneer A. K.  
(Assistant Professor, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh)

 

 

Call for Chapter Proposals for an edited volume of critical essays on the literary traditions of the Mappila Muslims of Kerala, tentatively titled “Songlines and Lifelines: Critical Essays on the Literary Culture of Mappila Muslims of Kerala”.

The significance and urgency of research into the greatly under-studied literary traditions of the Malayalam-speaking Mappila Muslims of Kerala in South India can hardly be overemphasized. This edited volume seeks to bring the fascinating, wide-ranging body of Mappila literature into the forefront of critical attention by analyzing different genres and practices of this literary culture from a context-sensitive, pluridisciplinary approach.

The genres/sub-genres that may be examined include, but are by no means limited to:

devotional performance narratives such as the mala;

praise poems (madhupattukal);

nuptial songs (oppana-/kalyana-pattukal);

 romance;

 heroic ballads/war songs (padappattukal);

 historical narratives (qissappattukal);

 philosophical narratives;

 and epistolary songs (kathupattukal).

 

 

Chapters will be critical essays that take up for analysis different genres/sub-genres of Mappila literary and song cultures with a view to introducing diverse strands and strains of Mappila literary culture to an international audience, including non-specialist, uninitiated readers.

Some of the questions the volume will be keen to engage are: What does Mappila literature do, (not simply what is it)? How do genres and communities co-produce each other? How do we appreciate the social production of Mappila literary culture? Can we think of a Mappila literary formation—a formation of texts and communities sustained through the shared literary practices of composing, copying, circulating, reading, singing, and performing texts? What are the features of this formation? Did such a formation ever exist, and if so, does it continue to have salience? What is the status of Mappila literary culture in this age of highly advanced media technology? How does mediatization affect, enrich, even transform Mappila literary culture today?        

Chapters should be analytical in character, and not merely descriptive. Contributions that exploit comparative frameworks and methodologies and that try to put their respective problematics in perspective by trying to be in dialogue with contemporary critical scholarship in the humanities and social sciences are highly encouraged. Only chapters based on original research and not submitted elsewhere will be accepted.

Please email chapter proposals of about 300-500 words to the editor (Muneer A. K.  akmuneer@gmail.com) by December 15, 2015, together with your full contact information and a short bio. The proposed chapters should be of 8,000-10,000 words in length, including the notes and references.

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

Muneer A. K.

Assistant Professor
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
202002-UP

akmuneer@gmail.com 

Contact Info: 

Muneer A. K.

Assistant Professor
Department of English
Faculty of Arts
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
202002-UP

akmuneer@gmail.com 

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