“Whiteness Studies” and the paradigm of “Black Aesthetics”

Dr Ayan Mondal Abstract Black aesthetics in respect of Afro-American literary criticism has always been a wide subject which morphed into diverse critical tendencies since the blacks gained considerable impetus to resist white hegemony. Not only  literature  ranging from different Afro-American slave narratives to bold protest narratives, but black-literary criticism as a whole became a […]

A Tough Carapace: Configuring Blake’s Mysticism through his Visionary Paintings and Engravings

Dr. Subhadeep Paul Abstract This paper attempts a holistic examination of certain revisionary opinions on William Blake’s non-poetical output (his paintings in particular and some of his engravings). It analyses how they have been perceived as a conduit for his projection of an individuated conceptualisation of mysticism, which runs through the lifeblood of his popular […]

Power Struggle and Identity Reconstruction in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog

Emmerencia Beh Sih Abstract Experimental Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, is an African-American who has added to the reconstruction of African-American identity through power struggle. In her play Topdog/Underdog, the rebuilding of identity for African-Americans is pursued, raised and enacted through power relations. Western discourses of power and identity have confirmed its insufficiency in the […]

Resisting the Savarna Food Aesthetic: A Study of Sharankumar Limbale’s The Outcaste and Manohar Mouli Biswas’ Surviving in My World: Growing Up Dalit in Bengal

Bishakha Sarkar Abstract Caste is a crucial factor in Indian socio-political scenario as the politics of social stratification and exclusion is operated on the basis of it. A number of cultural aesthetics emerge that help perpetuating the caste hierarchy and policies of social exclusion. Food aesthetic has emerged as such a factor that is employed […]

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 […]

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 […]