Interactive Session on Extended Textuality

The Department of English and Communication organised a special seminar for its students on the 12th of June 2019 in the University’s premises. The guest speaker of this seminar was Dr. Chand Basha M. Dr. Chand is an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of Studies and Research in English, V.S.K. University, Ballari, Karnataka. His areas of interest include world literature, contemporary literary theories, cultural studies and cultures of memories in South Asia. Dr. Chand has presented his research papers in various international conferences in Netherlands, the UK and Germany. He has also interviewed eminent literary personalities like the African writer Ngugi wa Thiang’O. His research papers have been published in various national and international journals.

Dr. Chand talked extensively about the new ways of reading contemporary fiction using the concept of “extended textuality” as the focal point of his presentation. “Extended textuality” is an innovative writing and reading methodology that challenges the conventional boundaries of exploring a literary work. It is a method of examining a text by which supportive proposition from other sources and forms are fetched in order to add more tangible depth and meaning to whatever is presented by the author. Dr. Chand supported his presentation by citing the example of The Museum of Innocence, a book by Orhan Pamuk, the only Turkish Nobel laureate in Literature. The book is about the titular museum in which a romantically jilted protagonist collects various memorabilia of his beloved. An interesting fact is that there is an actual museum in Turkey that corresponds to the ‘Museum of Innocence’ in which one can find the various objects just as the author described them in the book. A movie inspired by the book was also made by Grant Gee and was titled Innocence of Memories. These two are examples of how the subject in Pamuk’s book underwent an “extended textuality” to the third space-a space between the real and the imaginary.

Dr. Chand ended his presentation by giving the students a few tips on the various channels that they can turn to for materials, resources or financial aid to help mobilise their research work.

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