The Merchant of Venice, Historical Materialism and the Impossibility of Consciousness

Pradeep Sharma Abstract Hegel’s notion of historical development through dialectic was accepted by Marx and elaborated as ‘historical materialism,’ although Marx doesn’t agree with Hegel that the material world hinders our vision of the ‘true’ / ‘ideal’ reality. I look at The Merchant of Venice as Shakespeare’s statement on historical materialism, that it was not […]

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2, 3, 4 | December 2020

EDITORIAL From July 2019 The Contour could not be published due to some inadvertent reasons relating to technicalities. However, we could have perhaps overcome these hurdles over time if it was not the Pandemic Covid 19 that we suddenly found ourselves engulfed with in the meantime, causing uncertainty, panic, agony, trauma, blackness and bleakness in […]

Anxiety in Using ICT and Online Reading Strategies of Service Sector Employees

P Madhumathi Abstract The fast-changing digital environment necessitates employers to upgrade their marketing strategies with technological applications. Subsequently, to meet the employer’s demand, the employee must update their ICT knowledge to increase the product’s sales. The paper aims to understand the capabilities of the employees from different backgrounds in reading the text online. The study […]

Absence of the Real from the Reel: Politics of Exclusion and Cinematic Aloofness for the Dalit Cause in Popular Bengali Films of Recent Decades

Probhat Chandra Hazra Junior Research Fellow, Dept. of English, Visva-Bharati Abstract The construction of a homogeneous national identity through the filmic narratives has been one of the most persistent tropes of the Indian cinematic culture for a long time now. The popular Hindi cinema in particular has made a conscious attempt to appeal the elite […]

When Detective seeks the Ghost: Exploring the Paranormal in Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s Baroda and Byomkesh Stories

Raj Raj Mukhopadhyay M.Phil. Scholar, Department of English, Visva-Bharati Abstract The eminent Bengali litterateur Saradindu Bandyopadhyay is famous for his two extremely popular characters, notably Baroda, the bhutanweshi or the ghost-hunter and Byomkesh Bakshi, the satyanweshi or the truth-seeker. However, the frameworks within which these two figures operate are entirely different from each other. Whereas […]