University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Pitt-Johnstown Seal

Volume 26, No. 3

December, 2005
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Contents
 
Editor's Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Abstracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Secularism and Contemporary Art:  M. F. Husain and his Mother Teresa Series
     by Rochelle Almeida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



9

REMIX!  Negotiating Assimilation, Identity, Secularism, and Otherness the Second Time Around:  The Subculture of Desi Music 
     by Prathim Anandan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


10

Redefining Secularism:  A People's Theatre from New Delhi in Alliance with the Women's Movement
     by Kanika Batra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


11

Woman, Quam, Nation in Qurratulain Hyder's Fiction
     by Karni Bhati. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

11

Meera's Poetics as an Instance of Secularism in South Asia
     by Rashmi Bhatnagar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

12

Believers/Skeptics/Fundamentalists, and the Limits of Secularism
     by Hema Chari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

15

The Fissures of Pakistan:  Bangladesh as/and Secularity in Recent Pakistani Fiction
     by Cara Cilano. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


16

The "Sacred" and the "Secular":  Gender and Resistance in Rashsundari Devi's Amar Jiban
     by Nandini Dhar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


17

R. K. Narayan's "The Gateman's Gift" and "Such Perfection":  Ironic Allegories of the Secular and the Religious in Cultural and Political Institutions
     by Brewster E. Fitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 



18

Religious Absolutism and Secularist Polemic in Rushdie, Kureishi, and Smith
     by Bed Giri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


19

Tariq Ali's Islam Quintet and the Role of the Secular in Islam
     by John C. Hawley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20

Producing the Grhalakshmi:  Religious Nationalism and Colonial Modernity
     by Kellie Holzer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


21

Beyond "Aitch(Indus)es and Em(uslims)" to I-Thou:  Interrogating Secularism in Mariam Karim's My Little Boat and Githa Hariharan's In Times of Siege
     by Rajender Kaur. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .



22

Nationalism vs. Universalism:  Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines
     by Nyla Khan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

23

The Humanist Agenda in Shaukat Osman's Janani
     by Saiyeda Khatun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

24

Secularism and the Shifting Category of Caste
     by Revathi Krishnaswamy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

25

Secular Isn't Sexy:  The Promotion of Pan-Hinduism in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
     by Kerry Luck and Bonnie Zare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


26

Racial Minorities and Secular Modernities
     by Robert McNamara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

26

Viewing the (Secular) Other:  Interstitial Spaces and Liminal Hybridities in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer
     by Parvinder Mehta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


27

Secularism via the Hollywood/Bollywood Adaptation
     by Blair Orfall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

28

Dharamputra and Gadar:  Two Outposts of Secularism in Hindi Cinema
     by Prabhjot Parmar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

29

Deleuzian Secularism in Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album
     by Summer Pervez. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

29

Teaching Diaspora Literature in a Non-Secular Setting
     by Moumin Quazi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

30

Holy Trinities, Satanic Verses:  the Postcolonial, the Postmodern, and the Post-Secular
     by Manav Ratti. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


31

Rage, Riots, and Religion:  Witnessing Films and Films as Witness
     by Sangeeta Ray. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

32

Losing a Village to Make a Nation in Shauna Singh Baldwin's What the Body Remembers
     by Maya Sharma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


34

Hindutva and Tamil Dalit Literature
     by Anushiya Sivanarayan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

35

Intersections of Marxism, Humanism, Secularism, and Indian Thought in "An Apology for Heroism"
     by K. D. Verma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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Conference Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Membership Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Conference Registration Form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Poetry Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Last Reviewed: November 14, 2007