Archive for May, 2014

Journal of the Odisha Association for English Studies – Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2014)

Now published is Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2014) of the Journal of the Odisha Association for English Studies (ISSN 2249-6726), edited from Baleswar (Odisha/Orissa, India) by Dr Santwana Haldar.

Highlights of this 338-page issue include articles on Tagore (Rama Kindu), Telugu writer Vasireddy Sita Devi (Rajeshwar Mittapalli), Saswati Sengupta (Alessandro Monti), Arun Joshi (Pier Paolo Piciucco), Raja Rao and Indian English (Balabhdra Tripathy), Odiya/Oriya poet Jayanta Mahapatra (Bijay Kumar Dey; there is also a new poem by Mahapatra) and A.K. Ramanujan (Dipika Parmer); comparative studies of classic Odiya/Oriya writer Fakir Mohan Senapati with Mark Twain (Gananath Dash) and Thomas Hardy (Karuna Kara Roul); and reviews of books by Alice Munro (‘Dear Life’) and Jhumpa Lahiri (‘The Low Land’, both by Santwana Haldar.

The issue also includes my own article, ‘Salman Rushdie’s “Shalimar the Clown”: A Secularist Manifesto?’ (pp. 106-116). This article was originally given as a paper at the conference ‘Education and Secularism’, held at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (France) in 2013. A French-language version was subsequently published in the proceedings (see entry on this blog for 16 January 2014). This original English-language text is also available at:

Dr Haldar can be contacted at: