Literature, Language, and the Classroom Essays for Promodini Varma
This book is a Festschrift dedicated to Promodini Varma, a meticulous scholar, teacher, and administrator of extraordinary rigour, grit, and perception. It presents reflections on researching and teaching English literatures and languages in India. It concerns itself broadly with literary modernism and English language teaching and classroom pedagogy, some of the core concerns of the literary fraternity today. The volume examines how the literary and cultural manifestations of modernity have pervasively informed not just much of our disciplinary framework but many of the key issues—decolonisation, globalisation, development—our society grapples with.
With essays on William Butler Yeats, Arthur Conan Doyle, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, and Rudyard Kipling, the volume presents fresh insights on familiar canonical ground. It discusses ELT and classroom pedagogy and provides grounded appraisals of teaching and translating for multilingual classroom audiences given the demands of employability and the hierarchical dynamics of educational institutions. An interview on feminist pedagogy and theatre and an essay on urban nostalgia and redevelopment act as pertinent outliers, reflecting the ongoing transition to more multi-sited and interdisciplinary research and praxis.
An engaging read on some of the most pressing concerns in the field, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of literature and literary criticism, English language studies, and education.
Introduction: “Towards a Framing of Parts”, by Anubhav Pradhan
1. Arthur Conan Doyle and William Butler Yeats: Contemporaries, Strangers, Partners
2. Ibsen’s Ghost in Forster’s The Longest Journey
3. Redefining British Masculinity in Captains Courageous
4. Reading Poetry Through Translation: A Note on a Hindi Translation of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
5. Teaching in Translation, Teaching Gender and Sexuality
6. Radical Unlearnedness with Proletarian Schooling: Dilemmas of discipline and teaching in D.H. Lawrence’s Education of the People and Fantasia of the Unconscious
7. Holding Environments: An Enquiry into Institutional Minds
8. The Challenges of Skilling the English Language Learner for the Global Market
Anjana Neira Dev and Sameer Chopra
9. Evidence-based decision making in our teaching: why is it important and how do we do it?
10. Developments in teaching College English at University of Delhi
11. Theatre, Feminism, and Society: Notes from a Practitioner
Anuradha Marwah in conversation with Anubhav Pradhan and Sonali Jain
12. Nostalgic possibilities: Planning and heritage in Shahjahanabad