SAM Seminar: Creating the creators in India today

When:3 Jun 2014, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Robert Webster building, lecture theatre 327
Who:School of the Arts & Media
SAM Seminar - Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves (UNSW)
with Anne Brewster (UNSW) as discussant.

Writers write. And writing is increasingly what Indians do. This paper tells the stories of how contemporary Indian writers create themselves and are created by the Indian literary field, focusing on English language fiction. Using data gathered from in-depth face-to-face interviews and participant observation, conducted at various times between 2011 and 2014, this paper presents an analysis of the Indian literary field (English language fiction), and the practices of writing, publishing, and consecration within it as aspects of Indian modernity.

Roanna Gonsalves is a writer, PhD candidate, and sessional tutor in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW. Her creative work, and peer-reviewed scholarly work, have been published and performed across various media in India and Australia. She is the founder-moderator of the South Asian Australian Writing Network (SAAWN). She was awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award 2013, and won (along with her colleagues) an Australian Writers’ Guild Award for the play Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime. Her research interests include the sociology of literature, print culture studies, creativity studies, postcolonialism, transnationalism, and the sociology of social media.

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