Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry

Sanglap is an open access peer reveiwed journal that publishes themed issues biannually in literary and cultural studies and in humanities research.

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Sanglāp is a Sanskrit word. It means conversations between inquiring minds or readers of thoughts. The rise of classical Indian philosophy owes its richness of aesthetic sensibility and rational faculty to the tradition of sanglāp. Such a tradition can also be located in ancient Greece, Persia or Rome. A Sanglāp attempts to inquire both the logic and "aesthesis" of the subject of discussion. It allows thought to perform its inherent plurality of being, while keeping the sophistry and pleasure of conversation alive. As Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, it is conceived of and intended to further that end: the multiplicity of thoughts, the carefully constructed arguments, and the conversation between minds. We look forward to bring the research scholars, the readers, from different fields of the humanities and the social sciences, to place their thoughts and arguments and entertain a critical conversation. To do away with confusion and inconvenience, we will not use any special character in spelling the word Sanglāp. It will be known as Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry.

Sanglap is meant to be a dialogue between literary and cultural studies. Over the last few decades, there has been a strong cultural turn in literary studies which has gradually introduced an element of "play" in its disciplinary enclosure and opened up the folds of the literary to an inter-disciplinary dialogue with the diversity of the cultural. The resultant dialogues have repeatedly questioned the grounds for canonization and politics of reading in literature. There is no doubt that such positions, "theories" and postulates have influenced many of us as we have set off to investigate the discourse of literature. In the "culturalization" of the literary, it is not simply a matter of reading the literary as a mirror of the cultural but also approaching it as a constitutive extension of the cultural. While we welcome the emancipatory element in this broadening out of the literary as a field, on occasions, the cultural turn has been a touch indifferent to the specificity of the literary as a medium with its own technicality and historicity. Real dialogue cannot be a one-way traffic. And to be faithful to the inherent reciprocity of a true Sanglap, we feel the need not only to read the literary in terms of the cultural but also the other way round i.e. reading the cultural in terms of the literary. We feel this is the right time to tap the infinitely extensible potential of the literary as a field, and try and establish it as an affective, perceptual and analytic category which can investigate the diverse edifice of the cultural.

Sanglap is open-access and published twice a year (January and July). Each issue carries a specific theme, which, depending upon the response, may be extended for a further issue. We look forward to articles that cater to the themes in an interdisciplinary manner.

Sanglap is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the MLA International Bibliography and MLA Directory of Periodicals. It is archived by the LOCKSS digital archiving system. In addition, the journal has recently been selected for archiving and preservation at the United States Library of Congress. The journal is also indexed in the ROAD Directory of Open Access Journals, and catalogued in several university libraries and scholarly organization databases.

The Journal does not charge any submission, processing, publishing, subscription, or such fees. Neither does it pay any remuneration to the contributors. It is a non-profit and voluntary initiative aimed solely for presentation and circulation of academic research.

The articles go through peer-reviewing process from experts in the field. We aim to notify the decisions within two-three months. Should a writer intend to withdraw his/her article within the stipulated time, he/she must take permission from the editors signing a letter of declaration. We are strictly against plagiarism and, upon acceptance of articles, the authors have to sign a statement against plagiarism and such acts, and abide by the copyright policy of the Journal.

Please send your original, unpublished articles as MS Word document, written strictly within 7000 words (including notes), and prepared with the latest MLA guidelines to the email address:

For submission and formatting, please consult the guidelines.



CFP: Why World Literature? September 2017 issue


The emergence of ‘world literature’ as a critical framework of reading in literary studies has not only recalibrated older methodologies of comparative and postcolonial literature but has also foregrounded the aspect of circulation and reception of literary works in a transnational context. The emphasis that this method of reading puts on the cross-cultural travels of a literary text is reinforced by the global technology of social media and web 2.0 which promises instant connectedness and conjures a virtual world which is self-contained, even though it reflects and engages with the actual world of the socio-political, outside itself. On the one hand, if ‘world literature’ is an effect of globalisation and multiculturalism in the field of literary studies, we would like to ask if this critical framework can be used as a way of pressurising the ‘globe’ of the ‘global’ with its notion of the ‘world’ which is more ambiguous and accommodating in a philosophical sense.

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