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Transcultural Humanities in South Asia
Critical Essays on Literature and Culture

Edited By

Waseem Anwar

ISBN 9780367483715
Published March 16, 2022 by Routledge
516 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume looks at the implications of transcultural humanities in South Asia, which is becoming a crucial area of research within literary and cultural studies. The volume also explores various complex critical dimensions of transculturation, its indeterminate periodisation, its temporal and spatial nonlinearity, its territoriality and intersectionality.

Drawing on contributors from around the globe, the entries look at literature and poetics, theory and praxis, borders and nations, politics, Partition, gender and sexuality, the environment, representations in art and pedagogy and the transcultural classroom. Using key examples and case studies, the contributors look at current developments in transcultural and transnational standpoints and their possible educational outcomes. A broad and comprehensive collection, as it also speaks about the value of the humanities and the significance of South Asian contexts, Transcultural Humanities in South Asia will be of particular interest to those working on postcolonial studies, literary studies, Asian studies and more.

Table of Contents


Amritjit Singh

Introduction: Transcultural Humanities in South Asia: Constrictions and Connections

Waseem Anwar

Part I. Theorising the Transcultural Humanities: Reimagined Possibilities

  1. Humanities and Hope
  2. Bill Ashcroft

  3. Reimagining the Humanities in a Transcultural, Post-Truth World
  4. Waqas Khwaja

  5. Post-cultural Crises and the Pandemic: What Humanities?
  6. Pradyumna S. Chauhan

  7. Beyond Pillars and ‘Posts’: Transcultural Humanities in South Asian Literary Studies Feroza Jussawalla
  8. The Role of Transcultural Humanities in Times of Crisis: Nadeem Aslam, Karan Mahajan, and Kashmir
  9. John C. Hawley


    Part II. Borderless Zones: Tracing a Poetics for Transcultural Humanities

  10. Is there Life in this Author? The Living Author and the Business and Importance of the Humanities in South Asia
  11. Mark J. Boone

  12. Sri Lankan Literature and Territoriality: The Politics of Literary Criticism
  13. Minoli Salgado

  14. [Trans]Cultural Contact Zones – A Comparative Study of Archetypes: Persian Dastan and Greek Epic Tradition
  15. Areeba Tayyab and Kashif Jamshaid

  16. Zones of Every Being: Transcultural Decolonisation and Border Thinking in Contemporary India
  17. Sayan Dey

  18. Languaging Gesture/ Gesturing Language: A Case for Rekhti Poetry
  19. Anisur Rahman


    Part III. Postcolonial Inquisition and Transcultural Intersections: Politics, Place, Identity, Migration

  20. Migration and the Lesson of Irony - On the Political Meaning of Humanities: Saadat Hasan Manto and Sǿren Kierkegaard
  21. Christine Habbard

  22. From Post- to Para-Colonialism: (Trans) National and Cultural Intersections in the Post-1988 Pakistani Anglophone Fiction
  23. Ali Usman Saleem

  24. Bhutan, Western Arunachal Pradesh and Modern State-Making: Literary-[Trans]Cultural Mappings in Moi Akou Janam Lom and The Circle of Karma
  25. Rajashree Bargohain and Tshering Thinley

  26. Migrant Voices: An Inquisition of the ‘Other’ Literature in Bangladesh
  27. Rukhsana R. Chowdhury

  28. Beyond Identity Politics: Transcultural and Multiple Allegiances in Parajuly’s Land Where I Flee
  29. Binod Paudyal

    Part IV. Homing Transculturation: Nation, Partition, Periphery

  30. Borders, Belonging and Diasporic Aesthetics: Tracing a Transcultural Conceptualisation of Home in South Asian Partition Fiction
  31. Nudrat Kamal

  32. The Nation and its Peripheries: Borderland Narratives and Theories of Liminality
  33. Swatee Sinha and Anjali Gera Roy

  34. The Long Partition: Reading Some Partition Writers, Transculturally
  35. Tasneem Shahnaaz

  36. Reconstructing Partition Memories in the New Millennium
  37. Muneeza Shamsie

  38. Transcultural Location of Home in the Fiction of Gao Xingjian
  39. Farida Chishti



    Part V. Expressions of Transculturality: Theatre, Art, Communication, Curricula

  40. Memory in Theatre, Theatre in Memory: Experiencing the ‘Self/Selves’ in Swadeshi Theatre (1905-1911)
  41. Mimasha Pandit

  42. Locating the Transcultural Humanities in South Asian Art: Frescoes in the Lahore Fort Seh-Dara
  43. Kanwal Khalid


  44. Responses Towards 9/11: Caricatures and Pashto Poetry from Pakistan
  45. Nukhbah Taj Langah and Kamal ud Din


  46. 70 Years of Freedom of Speech and Expression in Pakistan: An Intracultural Analysis of Press/ Media in Time and Social Processes
  47. Altaf Ullah Khan

  48. Learning to be ‘Glocal’: Reflections on Transgressive Theories and Transcultural Flows in Pakistani ELT Classroom and Curriculum
  49. Shirin Zubair


    Part VI. Transcultural Transformations: Ethics, Ideology, Dilemma

  50. Aging, Literature and the Humanities: Transcultural Perspectives on Literary Gerontology in South Asia
  51. Saurav Kumar and Banibrata Mahanta

  52. A Hindu in Pakistan (2011) and A Mad Man’s Diary (2014): Distantiation, Cultural Transformation and Redefinition of Pakistani Minorities
  53. Wajiha Raza Rizvi

  54. Ethics and Empathy in Sri Lankan Representations of Refugees
  55. Maryse Jayasuriya

  56. Dark Moon, Bright Crescent: Tagore in China
  57. Cynthia Leenerts

  58. Transcultural Dilemma in The Good Muslim: An Analysis of Bangladesh through the Competing Visions of Maya and Sohail
  59. Asif Iqbal


    Part VII. Transcultural Solidarities: Gender and Sexuality

  60. Envisioning the Role of South Asian Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Transcultural Humanities
  61. Kavita Daiya and Sreyoshi Sarkar

  62. The Outsourcing of Pregnancy: Transnational Surrogacy in Contemporary South Asian Literature
  63. Jana Fedtke

  64. Socioreligious Dichotomies and Indian Re-feminism: A Transcultural Construct of Goddesses and Women in Sidhwa’s and Mehta’s Water
  65. Syrrina Ahsan Ali Haque

  66. Memoirs, Muslim Women and Transcultural Symbolic Solidarities
  67. Naila Sahar

  68. Borders, Women and South Asian Transculturality

Nosheen Yousaf


Afterword: Transculturalism, the Way Forward…

Fawzia Afzal-Khan

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Associate Editor(s)


Waseem Anwar is Professor of English and Director ICPWE (International Centre for Pakistani Writing in English) at Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan. Former Dean of Humanities and chairperson at FCC and GC universities in Lahore, he is extensively published in the areas of literary theory, postcolonial studies; and British, American, African and South Asian literatures.

Nosheen Yousaf is a lecturer in English at Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Her articles are published in national dailies The Nation and the Dawn. Her MPhil thesis on racial binaries and transracial realities helped her develop her research interests in the areas of border studies and post-feminism.