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SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017

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Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017 : Peace Building and Literature in Indo-Pakistan Relations Other events...
The heritage of the novel as ‘the dominant form of narrative literature in the West’ was instrumental in the seminal work entitled ‘The Nature of Narrative’ by Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg published in 1966. Their exploration of the meaning, character, plot and the point of view in narrative marked the start of narratology as a field of study. Since then this field has expanded to include studies, among others, in feminism, religion, art, political science and public policy. The approaches to narrative as an ideological tool and rhetoric that initially existed as independent strands have come to benefit from the diversity of views on the purposes served by narratives. This has occurred as global and local have also increasingly become intertwined with ideas moving across the globe with ease and contributing to multiple narratives that serve both literary and political purposes. Literary narratives have emerged both as the site for contested ideas as well as locale for peacebuilding. This paper explores the peacebuilding potential of literature with reference to the assumed conflict in the Indo-Pakistan conflict since 1947. It is premised on a notion of agency that is not necessarily intentional: writers do not always write to inculcate an agentic capacity among their audience. The process of writing could simply reflect their views on the directions they wish their world to take. But the impact extends beyond the intentionality of the authors and could result in shifting views among at least some of the audience. This view underpins the study of selected writers in India and Pakistan. The case study of Indian and Pakistani writers draws upon books, poems and columns written about the need for peace between the two countries since their independence in 1947. The paper argues that while intentionality of peacebuilding may not be directly claimed, these writers have contributed to a narrative that plays a role in transcending the boundaries of assumed differences and conflicts.
Speaker(s) Professor Samina Yasmeen
Location Seminar room G.25, Social Sciences North
Contact Laura Dales <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 12 May 2017 13:00
End Fri, 12 May 2017 14:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 12 May 2017 08:44
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