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South Asian Review, a refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, presents an international scholarly forum for the discussion and evaluation of South Asian Languages, Literatures, Culture, and Arts in postcolonial context. SAR is published three times a year by the South Asian Literary Association (est. 1976), an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association of America (est. 1883). Read more about our constituents here.

SAR welcomes submissions from any theoretical or critical perspective meant for an audience from various disciplines and written in clear and persuasive prose.

For a full explanation of what is expected from a submitted paper, please go to the Submit an Article page.

If you would like to speak with our personnel, you can contact us at ausar@arcadia.edu, follow this link for more information.


South Asian Review
Arcadia University (Thomas 001)
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

We here at the South Asian Review are always glad to receive and respond to anyone interested in our publication. Please feel free to contact us at any time via the above email address. During operational hours, staff can be found at the above physical location on Arcadia University’s main campus in Pennsylvania, USA.

The South Asian Review sends its publications to both individual subscribers and institutions across the world. From the University of Calgary to Berkeley, U Penn to Yale, Tel Av-iv to Taiwan, and much more, the SAR helps to propagate the eminence of South Asian Literary Criticism within the American Academy and beyond.

If you are interested in subscribing to the South Asian Review, fill out the subscription form (PDF), and mail it to Dr P. S. Chauhan at the address listed in the form or email it as an attachment to ausar@arcadia.edu.

Dr. Pradyumna S. Chauhan, Executive Editor

Dr. Pradyumna S. ChauhanDr. Chauhan, educated in India, England, and the States, has taught in higher education in three countries (United States, India, and Nepal) for 55 years. He has written two books, numerous reviews, articles, and chapters on American, British, and postcolonial authors. He is active in scholarly bodies of Europe and the United States, such as the Modern Language Association, the South Asian Literary Association, the Association of Commonwealth Literatures and Languages (London), Multi-Ethnic Society of Europe and the Americas (Heidelberg), and the U.S. Association of Commonwealth Literatures (Santa Clara, CA). Professionally, his work has been supported by Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship; two English-Speaking Union Awards, a National Endowment for Humanities Scholarship; and a Fulbright Scholarship. He received the Arcadia University Professor of the Year award in 1995 and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1976.

Dr. K.D. Verma, Editor Emeritus

Dr. K.D. Verma, Editor EmeritusDr. Verma is a Professor Emeritus of English, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He is a scholar of Romanticism, South Asian Studies and Postcoloniality. Among his publications are The Vision of “Love’s Rare Universe”: A Study of Shelley’s Epipsychidion (1995), The Indian Imagination: Critical Essays on Indian Writing in English (2000). Mulk Raj Anand’s Two Short Novels Lament on the Death of a Master of Arts and Death of a Hero with Introduction by K. D. Verma (Orient Publishing) appeared in 2012.

Dr. Kavita Daiya, Associate/Reviews Editor

Dr. Kavita Daiya, Associate/Reviews EditorDr. Daiya is Associate Professor in the Department of English at George Washington University and an Executive Committee Member of the Women’s Studies Program. Her specializations include Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, Asian American Literature, Transnational Feminisms, Hindi Cinema, Race and Diaspora. Dr. Daiya received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2001. Engaging feminist postcolonial studies with Asian American studies, her first book, Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Postcolonial India, examines the cultural negotiation of ethnic violence and mass migration in South Asian literature and cinema, from the diaspora and the subcontinent (Temple UP, 2008;Yoda Press, 2013). Her second book project focuses on secularism and her digital humanities project 1947Partition.org, enabled by a Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship at the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013).

Dr. John C. Hawley, Associate/Reviews Editor

Dr. John C. Hawley, Associate/Reviews EditorDr. Hawley is Professor of English and chair of the department at Santa Clara University. He has authored Amitav Ghosh: An Introduction, and edited several books, including the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial StudiesCross-AddressingIndia in Africa, Africa in IndiaPostcolonial, QueerThe Postcolonial Crescent; and others. He is the recipient of several NEH grants and a Bellagio residency, and has served on three MLA divisional executive committees.

Dr. Robin E. Field, Associate Editor

Dr. Robin E. Field, Associate EditorDr. Field is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Women’s Studies at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She is the co-editor of Transforming Diaspora: Communities beyond National Boundaries (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2011) and has published articles on Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros, Jana Monji, and Alice Walker and author interviews with Bharati Mukherjee, Chitra Divakaruni, and Diana Abu-Jaber.

Dr. Amritjit Singh, Associate Editor

Dr. Amritjit Singh, Associate EditorDr. Amritjit Singh is a Langston Hughes Professor of English at Ohio University, has held visiting positions at NYU, Wesleyan U, and the U of California at Berkeley. An internationally known scholar of South Asian, African American and Migration Studies, Singh has lectured and/or taught in more than a dozen countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Books edited or authored by him include: Novels of the Harlem Renaissance (1976, 1994); Indian Literature in English, 1827-1979: An Information Guide (1981); India: An Anthology of Contemporary Writing (1983); Conversations with Ralph Ellison (1995); Memory and Cultural Politics (1996); Postcolonial Theory and the United States (2000); Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman (2003); Interviews with Edward W. Said (2004); and The Circle of Illusion: Poems by Gurcharan Rampuri (2011). He has served in leadership positions in organizations such as MELUS, USACLALS, and SALA and received the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Regular Issue

The South Asian Review is published three times a year by the South Asian Literary Association (established 1976), an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association of America (established 1883).

South Asian Review, a fully refereed journal, welcomes submissions on all aspects of South Asian literatures, arts, and culture from any theoretical or critical perspective. Articles, which are meant for an audience from various disciplines, are to be written in clear and persuasive prose.

Areas of Interest to the Journal

  • South Asian Literatures
  • South Asian Languages
  • South Asian Studies
  • South Asian Culture
  • Comparative Aesthetic
  • Literary Theory
  • South Asian Diaspora
  • Cultural Studies
  • Colonial Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Women’s Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Transcultural Studies
Scholarly articles of 15-25 pages, or 4,500 to 7,500 words, prepared in accordance the with most recent MLA style, along with abstracts of approximately 100 words and a 50-word biographical note, may be sent electronically to ausar@arcadia.edu. We accept Regular Issue papers on a rolling basis at all times of the year.

Special Issue

South Asian Canadian Literature and Culture

 South Asian Review, the refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association, invites submissions for its 2015 Special Topic Issue, 36.3, devoted to South Asian Canadian Literature. The recent centennial of the Komagata Maru incident underscores the storied history of South Asians arriving, struggling, and putting down their roots in Canada. Canonical and emerging South Asian Canadian writers and artists have raised some fraught issues about the nation’s reception of South Asians and the efficacy of Canadian multiculturalism.

This special issue of SAR aims to represent all literary and filmic genres with a Canadian connection; to identify critical trends; and to evaluate the works of the new as well as of the established South Asian Canadian authors. All critical approaches to texts (literary or filmic) are welcome. Topics of interest include the following:

* The portrayal of Canada by South Asian writers and artists (living in Canada or abroad)

* The South Asian Canadian writers and artists’ portrayal of their homelands

*Becoming Canadian? South Asians and the Canadian mosaic: hybridity, heterogeneity, homogeneity, immigration policies

* Comparative work on the South Asian Canadian diaspora

* Critical assessments of under-represented or emerging creative artists

* Fresh assessments of the critically acclaimed works of Balachandra Rajan, Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry, M.G. Vassanji, Anita Rau Badami, Cyril Dabydeen, Shyam Selvadurai and others

* Writings of double or triple-displaced South Asian Canadians such as M.G. Vassanji, Shani Mootoo, Samuel Selvon, and others

* Gender performativity, women’s voices, bodies, struggles

* Creating a self: power, sex, queerness, otherness

* Indigeneity and the South Asian diaspora

* Political trauma, terror, and tragedy: 1947 Partition, Air India 182 bombing, Komagata Maru, 9/11, and beyond.

* Transgenerational and transnational memories, experiences, activism

* Navigating Canadian languages beyond English or French: South Asian poetry and drama

* CanLit and minority voices: canons, representations, critical pedagogy

* South Asian writers and artists’ contribution to Canadian national literature and culture


Abstracts of 100 words invited by the 15th of Jan. Finished articles of 15-25 pages, prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook, along with abstracts of approximately 100 words, and a 50-word bio-note, should be sent as Word documents by the 20th April.

The Special Issue will be guest-edited by Dr. Robin E. Field, King’s College, PA (USA)– email: robinfield@kings.edu; and  Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster U, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)—email: chandri@mcmaster.ca. Please address your inquiries to the guest editors.

Founded by the late H. B. Kulkarni and Satya Pachori of the University of North Florida in the early seventies, the SALA “promotes the knowledge of South Asia in the American academy by bringing interested faculty and students to its conferences.”

In addition to its Newsletter, which delivers announcements of “MLA sessions, scholarly activities and accomplishments of its members, new titles in the field, and other valuable information” in a format that is welcoming and intriguing for its subscribers, the SALA also publishes the South Asian Review, a refereed journal and “representative scholarly forum” that brings the cultures and languages of South Asia to American Academia and beyond. Without the SALA’s support, the SAR would not be what it is today.

Their website is located here.

Modern Language Association of America

MLA logoEvery 10 years, MLA evaluates SAR, determining whether it is up to the rigorous MLA standards of a literary journal. MLA also hosts an annual convention.

The next convention will be held in Chicago January 9-12, 2014 with SALA’s event being held there January 8-9, 2014 respectively. (Click on the logos to the left for more information about their conferences or organizations.)

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities.

The South Asian Literary Association

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The South Asian Literary Association, a nonprofit organization, was created to foster the study of languages, cultures, and literatures of the peoples of the South Asian continent and of the island nations of the Indian Ocean. SALA, besides hosting two sessions at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association of America, holds an independent annual conference. The venue and city of the annual conference are the same as that of the annual meeting of the MLA.

SALA publishes the journal South Asian Review three times a uear: the special topic issue, the regular issue, and the regional, or creative writing, issue. SALA members are encouraged to send articles for publication to the South Asian Review.