Dr. Rashmi Sadana gave a Keynote Address on Friday, April 15 at the Society for Textual Scholarship Conference sponsored by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. This year's conference theme was "Textual Ecologies."
Dr. Sadana's talk focused on the relationship between texts and place, and how her field research in Delhi led to the creation of what she calls "an ethnography of literature."
Dr. Sadana's ethnography, English Heart, Hindi Heartland: The Political Life of Literature in India (published in 2012 by the University of California Press), employs the methods and theories of anthropology to understand the complex language politics undergirding Indian literary production in India and on the global stage. By opening up the porous boundaries of texts to their social environments, the work also crosses disciplinary boundaries between anthropology and literature.
April 13, 2016