University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

Volume 25, No. 3

December, 2004
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Contents
 
Editor's Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Abstracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Secularism and its Saffron Flags
     by Manisha Basu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


7

Queering the Subaltern:  Reading Postcolonial Performativity through Mahesh Dattani's Seven Steps Around the Fire and Mahasweta Devi's and Usha Ganguly's Rudali 
     by Kanika Batra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 




7

Reconciliations:  Between Rural and Urban in Tagore's Prose Poems
     by Promita Chatterji. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


8

"Ekhaney amra shobai Bangla?
  Anyhere not speak Bengali?"  Dis/covering South Asian-ness in London's The Brick Lane
     by Purna Chowdhury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 



9

Queering Postcolonial Hybridity in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night
     by Shompaballi Datta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  



10
"The Ancestral Eyes" and the Poetry of Keki Daruwalla and Jayanta Mahapatra
     by Devinder Devdeep. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


11
Bibi's Babel:  Treating "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar" as the Malady of Interpreters
     by Brewster E. Fitz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


12

Reconfiguring Wor(l)ds:  Rushdie Redefines Linguistic Boundaries
     by Gillian Gane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


13

Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide and the Blurring of National Boundaries
     by John C. Hawley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


13

"Class Acts and Counterhistories":  A. Sivanandan's When Memory Dies
     by Maryse Jayasuriya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


14
Domestic Violence and the Recasting of "Home" and "Diaspora" in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding
     by Priya Jha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


15

Gendered Border Crossings:  Amitav Ghosh's Cosmopolitan Limits
     by Priti Joshi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


16

Constructing a Narrative, Constructing a Nation:  Cultural Translation on the Post-Colonial Indian Stage
     by Parmita Kapadia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  



17
Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh:  Politics of Migrancy and the Portrayal of Feminist Struggles in Bombay
     by Bharati Kasibhatla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


17

Victorian Reaction to British India:  The Case of Tennyson and Ruskin
     by Jalal Uddin Khan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


18
Transnationalism as Hybridization in Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
     by Nyla Ali Khan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

19

The Question of Ethical Singularity and the Problematic of Class in Abdullah Al-Mamun's Kokilara
     by Saiyeda Khatun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 



21

Reading Mahashweta Devi in the Time of Call Centers
     by Nivedita Majumdar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   


22
A Special Enchantment in Lines:  Amitav Ghosh's Postnational Geographies
     by J. Edward Mallot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


23

"My Country" Isn't a Notion That Comes Easily:  Narratives of "Home" in the Work of Hanif Kureishi
     by Ruth Maxey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 



24

Lost in Translation:  Mahasweta Devi's Hazzar Chaurasi ki Maa and The Mother of 1084
     by Nirmala Menon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  



25
Interpreter of Names:  Ties between Names, Cultural Dislocation and Search for Identity in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
     by Sophia Mitra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


26

Linguistic Border Crossings; Kolatkar's Postcolony in Mumbai, India
     by Anjali Nerlekar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


27
How Maps Lie:  A Reading of The Shadow Lines
     by Rani Neutill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

28

Reading Nationhood, Gender, and Identity in the Novels of Anita Desai
     by Masrufa Ayesha Nusrat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


28

Bollywood in New York Post-9/11:  An Analysis of Kal Ho Na Ho
     by Blair Orfall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


29

Firanghis and Foreigners:  Exile and the Formation of Identity in Salman Rushdie's Midnight Children and Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay
     by Sharada Balachandran-Orihuela. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 



30
Transnationalism and its Discontents:  Sexual Transgression and Self-Possession in Samina Ali's Madras on Rainy Days and Monica Ali's Brick Lane
     by Summer Pervez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

 

31

The Politics of Dalit Identity:  Between the National and the Global
     by Anuradha Ramanujan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

32
The Face of History:  Anil's Ghost
     by Ziba Rashidian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

33
Contesting Boundaries and Claiming Spaces:  Gender and Nationalism in Sara Suleri's Meatless Days and Bapsi Sidhwa's Cracking India
     by Nadeea Saeed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  


34
Transnationalism, Women and Home:  Monica Ali's Brick Lane
     by Asma Sayed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

34
Anita Rao Badami's The Hero's Walk
     by Maya M. Sharma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

35
The Politics of Cultural Identity in Mulk Raj Anand's The Bubble
     by K. D. Verma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

36

The Migrant-Shaped Hole:  The New Transnationalism of Anita Rau Badami's The Hero's Walk
     by Scott D. Walker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  



37
The Discontented Reader and Cultural Translation in the Poetry of Richard de Zoysa
     by Ian Williams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


38

Rohinton Mistry, Honore de Balzac and the Realist Novel of Social Critique
     by Ayelet Ben-Yishai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 


38

Policing the Potential Bride's Body:  Contemporary Writers Sow Seeds of Change
     by Bonnie Zare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



39

Poetry Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

41
Conference Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Membership Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Conference Registration Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
Last Reviewed: September 8, 2007