MLA 2019: Postcolonial Textual Transactions and Critical Reception

In his 2001 book, The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins, Graham Huggan contends that writers from formerly colonized societies negotiate their marginality and the “realpolitik of metropolitan economic dominance” by providing “exotic registers” and making them “palatable” for “predominantly metropolitan audiences” (viii). This non-guaranteed MLA session organized by The Africa Since 1990 forum invites submissions examining literary texts from the Global South that circulate well beyond their immediate contexts of production.

RESOURCE: User's guide for the use of TACL software

Dear colleagues,

Over the past four years, my programmer colleague, Jamie Norrish, and I have been developing TACL, a suite of free computer tools to assist in the anaysis of digitised Chinese Buddhist texts. I have now written a guide to the use of TACL in application to typical research questions, and made it available here:

I hope that interested readers of this list will read the guide and consider how they might apply these tools in their own work.

CALL FOR DATA> Vectorization Analysis of Taisho (Kemler)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

After preparing a TF/IDF vectorization of the complete  Taishō e-text set and building some tools for distance computation and hierarchical cluster analysis I would like to evaluate the usefulness in assisting people working with the Taishō in the traditional philological way. The texts are taken from the DVD-ISO  File  "CBETA 電子佛典集成 April 2014". The term set used for vectorization is Charles Mullers Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. He kindly provided the latest version in 1.2015.

What I would need:

QUERY> Qixinlun (Awakening of Faith): Kepan (outlining) problem in the Zixuan commentary (Tao Jin)

Dear Colleagues,

I have been recently working on the outlining (kepan 科判) of a few Qixinlun 起信論commentaries, hoping to make them structurally clearer and thus more accessible to researchers. The sub-commentary by Zixuan 子璿poses a few problems to this effort – I suspect that they are the author’s fault, but I think it is perhaps advisable to ask opinions before taking further steps with my project.

The problems lie with the first few levels of the structure of the text. In the following four excerpts Zixuan explains his structural plan:

Call for Papers: National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic, 9th Global Conference

9th Global Conference: National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic

Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations:

National and Cultural Histories of the Erotic forms a special  stream of focus within the larger event of The Erotic conference.


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