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Explorations in Critical Humanities: A Collection of Essays undertakes to analyze the processes of social inclusion and exclusion under the changed scenario of global integration. There are deliberations on different topics and issues with a view to revise our critical apparatus in ways that are transculturally effective and socially embedded. These essays explore the problems and potentials for critiquing the domain of humanities. In the present glocal context characterized by international flows of political cultures, capital and power structures, it has become increasingly difficult to occupy a firm vantage point from which critique might be exercised. This has become a problem both in the academy as well as in the public discourse since global processes are experienced as quasi-autonomous and beyond regulation and critical intervention due to systematic over-complexity. Moreover, the export of Western paradigms into non-Western cultural context also poses itself to be problematic. On top of all, central to any critical procedure is the objective to promote justice and emancipatory social transformation. Accordingly, these papers carve out a satisfactory methodological paradigm hinging on the ethical, philosophical, political and cultural experiences/demands of the twenty first century, which together envisage an interdisciplinary exchange of explorations. In general, the focus is on how methodologies of humanities grapple the "glocal" in the modern/postmodern context attempted from a general and comparative point of view.
Despite the diversity of topics considered and issues addressed within the domain of Critical Humanities, the papers in this volume unravel the analytical thrust of the discipline, being incisively critical as distinct from the hitherto held notions of being critical. With such an interrogative edge the papers prove themselves to be cases of potential interventions in critical practice, so much as to provide fresh insights into issues and topics. It is hoped that the volume would serve as good food for thought for scholars to undertake further research to come out with new insights in the newly emerged discipline of Critical Humanities.
This volume is a collection of critical essays in the newly emerged domain of Critical Humanities which offer new perspectives on a variety of topics by analyzing the processes of social inclusion and exclusion under the changed scenario of global integration. The overall purpose is to revise our critical apparatus in ways that are transculturally effective and socially embedded. The papers explore the problems and potentials for critiquing the domain of humanities. They seek to examine different topics which come within Humanities from the traditional point of view and multiple analytical procedures which were born out of the interdisciplinarity • an approach which has been fortifying studies in the humanities for quite sometime. They represent diverse areas of study: literature, politics, sociology and ecology and related subjects such as sports, popular and counter culture, gender and sexuality, identity, displacement, disability, ethnicity, education, food culture, liminality, Dalit, subaltern concerns, narrative modes and associated topics. The papers make an incisive inquiry into several issues in the above areas and put across refreshingly dynamic insights, which would definitely inspire further research in the broad area of Critical Humanities.
Useful for people interested in literature, politics, sociology, ecology and related subjects such as sports, popular and counter culture, gender and sexuality, identity, displacement, disability, ethnicity, education, food culture, liminality, Dalit, subaltern concerns, narrative modes and associated topics.
Chapter 1: Unburdening the School Bag - Dr. P.P. Vijayalakshmi
Chapter 2: Cultural Shock as a Metaphor of Human Condition in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Before We Visit the Goddess - Dr. A.R. Chitra
Chapter 3: Rethinking the Scope of Kitchen in the Post-feministic Era - Dr. Sreena K.
Chapter 4: An Ism for the "Ithihasam" • Khasak Revisited - R. Nandakumar
Chapter 5: Cymini Sectors of Belief - B. Sonia Chellirian
Chapter 6: Magical Gourmet: Culinary Nostalgia in Reef by Romesh Gunesekera - Geetha R. Pai
Chapter 7: Ecological Concerns in the Poetry of North East Indian Women Poets: An Analysis of Select Works - Kavya Purushothaman
Chapter 8: Refined and Redefined • How Music and Dance Entered the Sabhas - Dr. V. Veenalakshmi
Chapter 9: Dance Like a Man and Vanaja: Gender, Caste and Classical Dance Forms - Dr. Sreebitha P.V.
Chapter 10: Universities as Panopticons • Negotiating Power and Powerlessness - Sheena Kaimal N.
Chapter 11: Transcending the (Generic) Self: Liminality in Merrily Weisbord's The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das -
Chapter 12: Disability and the Body: A Sociological Understanding - J.S. Jahangir
Chapter 13: Representing the Postmodern and the Countercultural: Totto-Chan and the Critique of the Grandnarrative of Education - Amrutha Narayanan
Chapter 14: Quality of Drinking Water and its Health Risks - Brilla Balsam J. and Dr. T.S. Lancelet
Chapter 15: Gramsci's Idea of Hegemony and Social Exclusion - Chetan Sonawane
Chapter 16: Nature as Miracle: Critical Humanities and Eco Aesthetics - Manu Mangattu and Neethu Tessa Baby
Chapter 17: From Phobics to Inclusives: Redefining Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Select Malayalam Queer Posts - Rahana Mansur
Chapter 18: Quest for Identity: The Representation of a Gendered Dalit in Bama's Karukku - Manjusha K.G.
Chapter 19: Relationship between Displacement and Familial/Community Ties in Select Short Stories of Rohinton Mistry and Ambai - K. Mary Elizabeth
Chapter 20: Neo-Narrative of "Doves and Hawks": The Rise of Counterculture of the "Indian Spring" Intellectuals - Dr. Beena S. Nair
Chapter 21: Race: A Cultural Tool for Hegemony Under the Apartheid Rule as Portrayed in Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter - Jibin Jose P.
Chapter 22: The Invisible Opposition: Humor's Philosophical Tale - Dr. Sreekumar Jayadevan
Chapter 23: Redefining the Public Sphere in the Indian Context: A Reading of K. Sachidanandan's Poetry - Mani P.P.
Chapter 24: Disability and Economic Disadvantage: An Analysis of Characters in Mollywood Sarah (Parvathy-Bangalore Days) and Stephen Louis (Jayasurya-Beautiful) - Meera U. Menon
Chapter 25: Comparative Literature or Comparative Indian Literature: Understanding Comparative Literature as an Academic Discipline - Jemsy Claries Alex
Chapter 26: The Song of Hamlet - Nirmal A.R.
Chapter 27: Changing Island Lifestyle • A Micro Level Analysis of Munroe Island, Kollam, Kerala - Saranya U. and Dr. Lancelet T.S.
Chapter 28: Ethnographic and Economic Perspectives as Barriers of Language Learning for Fishermen Community in Kanyakumari District: A Cohort Study - S. Sakthivignesh and Dr. P. Nagaraj
Chapter 29: "The Real Charisma Behind the Vocal Versatility" • A Study Based on the FM Stations Working at Thrissur - Priyanka V., Gayathri Krishna, Jaishin J. and Nikhil P.
Chapter 30: Locating Food in the Para Literary Questions - Lincy K. Thankappan
Chapter 31: A Critical Analysis of Food Metaphor in Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel - Devika Kakkat, Manjubasini S. and Shubha P.
Chapter 32: Dalits as Homines Sacri: The Politics of Inclusive Exclusion in Select Dalit Poetry - Abhijith T.S.
Chapter 33: How Football Shaped the Society in Bengal and Goa in the Twentieth Century - Ashish Krishna
About the Editors:
Sreenath Muraleedharan K. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Languages at Amrita University, Kochi Campus. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of Hyderabad. His areas of research are Travel Writing, Kerala Studies and Regional Literatures.
Devi K. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Languages at Amrita University, Kochi Campus. She is finishing her Ph.D. in English Literature from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady. Her areas of research are Body, Space and Gender and Sexuality.
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