P43
Dalit writing, caste and space

Convenors:
Nicole Thiara (Nottingham Trent University)
Chair:
Nicole Thiara
Location:
Room 212
Start time:
28 July, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel proposes to discuss the representation of space in Dalit writing. To what extent are locations depicted as determined or produced by caste and to what extent do literary and film texts create narratives that interrogate and transgress spatial and caste boundaries?

Long abstract:

This panel proposes to discuss the representation of space in Dalit writing. To what extent are locations depicted as determined or produced by caste and to what extent do literary and film texts create narratives that interrogate and transgress spatial and caste boundaries? We are particularly interested in papers that delineate the historical development of the representation of caste space in fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, graphic novels and visual art produced by Dalits and non-Dalits. In this context, we invite papers that explore inter-connections with 1) environmental topics and ecocriticism, 2) gender, sexuality and gendered spaces, and 3) the South Asian diaspora, and particularly the issue of how caste travels or doesn't travel outside of India, through literature and other arts. This panel is associated with the research network 'Writing, Analysing. Translating Dalit Literature' (http://pays-anglophones.upv.univ-montp3.fr/?page_id=996). Beside a presentation by the convenors, the panellist Joshil K. Abraham, an early career scholar working as Assistant Professor at G B Pant Engineering College, IP University, Delhi, would present a paper on the representation of caste and space in film.