VII Annual Conference of RASE

UGC Sponsored National Seminar


Seventh Annual Conference of Rajasthan Association for Studies In English (RASE)


“Postmodernism in Literature”

23-24 January, 2010


Post modernism is an important area of critical discourse in the world today. It encompasses not only the sphere of language and literature studies but also includes in its arena the disciplines of Sociology, Political Science Philosophy etc.Postmodernism literally means ‘after the modernist movement’. While modern itself refers to something related to the present, the movement of modernism and the following reaction of postmodernism are defined by a set of perspectives. It is used in critical theory to refer to a point of departure for works of literature, drama, architecture, and design, as well as in marketing and business and the interpretation of history, law and culture in the late 20th century.

Postmodernism is an aesthetic, literary, political or social philosophy, which was the basis of the attempt to describe a condition, or a state of being, or something concerned with changes to institutions and conditions (as in Giddens, 1990) as post modernity. In other words, postmodernism is the “cultural and intellectual phenomenon”, especially since the 1920s’ new movements in the arts, while post modernity focuses on social and political out workings and innovations globally, especially since the 1960s in the West. The seminar shall focus on the debates on the understanding of literature and language issues in the world today. The  academic circles in India too are influenced by the developments in the realms of philosophy in the world. Postmodernism has become an important approach. It has provided greater space to the marginal voices like Dalits,women and the minorities. Several Indian writers writing in English and other Indian languages have used their pen to voice the concerns of the weaker sections. The new world order formed after the disintegration of the erstwhile eastern camp has also led to a number of changes in the global society. The changes in politico-economic world affect the literary and critical spheres as well. An effort shall be made to investigate into some of these contemporary issues in the seminar.

Papers on various aspects of postmodernism in literature are invited:


The sub-themes of the seminar are but not limited to:

  • Postmodernism-critical perspectives
  • Postmodern culture and literature
  • Marginalized voices in postmodern literature
  • Postmodernism and Indian society
  • Literature and indigenous people
  • Postmodernism in Indian songs and movies
  • Postmodern Pedagogy
  • Postmodernism in regional literature of India

Besides the above, a special session on “Desert in Literature” will also be held. Papers on this theme are also invited.


Interested teachers / scholars who wish to present their papers should send the abstract not exceeding 300 words before 15th December, 2009 to the following E-mail addresses:


The last date for submission of full length research paper is 15th January, 2010 on above cited email addresses.


  • Teachers: Rs. 500/-
  • Research scholar and spouse: 300/-

Registration fee will be used for conference or seminar kit, refreshments, lunch, local conveyance and accommodation. Kindly, informs us about your arrival well in advance to ensure your comfortable stay in town.

The fee can be sent through D.D. in favour of Principal, S.P.U. College, payable at Falna.


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