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Volume 5, Issue 10 | October 2021

JSLH faculty member announces publication of a monograph and co-edited anthology

Dr. Pallavi Narayan, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH), has published two books — her monograph as well as a co-edited anthology of short stories.

 

Her scholarly monograph, Pamuk’s Istanbul: The Self and the City, is announced for pre-order and will be published by Routledge in early 2022. In this book, according to the blurb shared by the publisher, Dr. Narayan “reconstructs Istanbul through the prism of Orhan Pamuk’s fiction.” The work “navigates the multiple selves and layers of Istanbul to present how the city has shaped the writings of Pamuk and has, in turn, been shaped by it. Through everyday objects and architecture, it shows how Pamuk transforms the city into a living museum where different objects converse with characters to present a rich tapestry across space and time.”

 

One of the primary thrusts of the monograph is the exploration “the formation of communal and literary identity within and around nation-building narratives informed by capitalism and modernisation. The book also examines how Pamuk uses the postmodern city to move beyond its postmodern confines, and utilises the theories and universes of Bakhtin, Benjamin, and Foucault to open up his fiction and radically challenge the idea of the novel.” Routledge posits the volume as being of “great interest to scholars and researchers of literature, literary theory, museum studies, architecture, and cultural studies, and especially appeal to readers of Orhan Pamuk.”

The collection of short stories that Dr. Narayan has co-edited is titled Singapore at Home: Life Across Lines, which was published by Kitaab in June 2021. Dr. Narayan has also designed the cover art. Bringing together twenty-one contributors, including migrants, expats, immigrants and those from settled generations in Singapore, the anthology asks how home is conceptualised in Singapore. As the editors state in the cover blurb, the characters take the readers into their living spaces, “allowing a rare moment into bedrooms, balconies, kitchens and other spaces, treading a fine line between delicacy and firmness, balance and teetering a little over the edge.” The narratives ask if they “inhabit their true selves in these spaces, or if they wear masks,” and what kinds of tensions and memories they carry with them. Home is considered, in the collection, both in terms of physical spaces as well as geographical landscapes and encapsulated in notions of belonging.

 

The book is available in Kinokuniya Bookstores in Singapore and Southeast Asia, online on the Kitaab Bookstore, and globally in print and as a Kindle eBook via Amazon.