1st Edition

Transcultural Humanities in South Asia Critical Essays on Literature and Culture

Edited By Waseem Anwar, Nosheen Yousaf Copyright 2022
    516 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.