transcript: An e-Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies is a bi-annual research journal started in 2021. The pandemic era that we have entered into in the second decade of the twenty-first century is marked by several changes in our social behavior and also the way we perceive this world. With restriction on human movement during the pandemic turn, there is a spurt in virtual human activities. Webinars and e-Journals have become safe and convenient modes of disseminating knowledge and information and the new normal. Adapting to the current trends and necessity, the Department of English, Bodoland University has proposed to launch this e-Journal. The Journal will aspire to reach out to scholars across the globe and provide a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge research findings related to literatures in English and cultural studies. The reason for creating such an interdisciplinary and wider canvas is to facilitate an understanding of the cultures and literatures of the world and their inter-relationship. In the recent past, literatures of only a few nations dominated the world scenario thereby auguring the ideological moorings of those nations on the cultural and literary front; however, in the past few decades, the literatures of the post-colonial nations have made its presence felt all over the world. These literatures in English and literatures in English translation give us an alternative perspective of literary and cultural events of what the academic world calls the “global south.”
The first issue of transcript published in June 2021 brings together a collection of five research articles and a book review on diverse topics of contemporary relevance. The contributors range from senior faculty members to promising young researchers who have expertise in their respective areas of research. This inaugural issue presents essays dealing with the latest research advances in the field of Environmental Humanities, political and ideological criticism through film, postcolonial literature, existential and philosophical queries, Shakespearean drama, and a book review on At Night All Blood is Black. Adjusting to the new normal and carrying out the review works virtually has been the most challenging task for the reviewers during the pandemic crisis. The editor is thankful to all the members of the editorial board and the peer-reviewers who have made possible the timely publication of the first issue of transcript.
Debajyoti Biswasis an Assistant Professor of English at Bodoland University, Kokrajhar, India. He is an alumnus of Gauhati University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of interest include Anglophone writings from North-east India, Identity Politics and Nationalism, and Environmental Humanities. His research articles have appeared in international journals published by Springer Nature, Oxford University Press, Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary), and RUDN University (Russia). His recent works are Nationalism in India: Texts and Contexts (Routledge, 2021, edited with J.C. Ryan) and Ethno-Nationalism in India: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Atlantic Publishers, 2021). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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