Trajectories of Popular Expression
The volume explores a wide range of the spectrum of popular culture, where early career researchers have presented their articulate arguments, concerning their respective areas of research interest. The sections relate to pertinent issues such as representations of caste, alternative artistic endeavours such as graffiti, the 'novel' challenges in the graphic intervention, nuances of narrative alternative such as dastangoi and qissa, politics of gender identity, popularizing the canon, digital auteurism and so on.
The volume is primarily a proceeding of the 2017 annual conference organized by the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, funded by UGC-SAP-DSA(I) programme. Popular Culture Studies, is an emergent pedagogy in the Indian academia, and quite relevantly so. Considering the fact that Nick Sousanis, a doctoral researcher submitted his dissertation at Harvard University in the form of a graphic novel titled 'Unflattening 2014', which was published next year, the ideas of canonical hierarchy, the status-quo of the 'high' versus the 'low' in the cultural opus, are possibly being challenged. In this context, this volume is a step towards widening the apertures of cultural studies, which it seeks to achieve through its multifarious approaches. The collection would be of help to aspiring as well as committed researchers of popular culture.