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.
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