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Re-Markings, a biannual refereed international journal of English Letters, aims at providing a healthy forum for scholarly and authoritative views on broad sociopolitical and cultural issues of human import as evidenced in literature, art, television, cinema and journalism with special emphasis on New Literatures in English including translations and creative excursions.​

Re-Markings

• May I thank you for your letter enclosing therewith a copy of the September issue of Re-Markings containing a review of my autobiography, Wings of Fire. My greetings and best wishes– Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Hon’ble President, Republic of  India.

• I received this afternoon the gorgeous September 2002 issue of RE-MARKINGS, which truly humbled me and filled me with gratitude when I saw the back cover, your editorial, and kind inscription. I am in your debt, Nibir. And I’m very eager to read the contents of RE-MARKINGS., especially T.S. Anand’s “The Black in Saul Bellow’s Novels.” Long ago, back in the ’70s when I was reading Bellow, I focused on and found myself troubled by his portraits of black Americans—precisely the images Anand refers to early in his article. This is a piece I am eager to finish reading, along with so many of the others. You are publishing terrific, useful scholarship! — Charles Johnson, Author of Middle Passage, Dreamer, Soul- Catcher and other Stories, Winner of National Book Award , USA , & Director, Creative Writing Program, University of Washington , Seattle , USA

• My Congratulations on the debut of Re-Markings. The inaugural issue is promising and one hopes that it will maintain its high standard of Scholarship and academic excellence. Your Editorial in the second issue of Re-Markings is appropriate. The issue no. 2 is a remarkable achievement in its own right. The journal has established its mark – so early in its infancy – atleast among the ‘elite’ – scholars, book-lovers, critics.–Dr. Bhoopendra Hooja, Chief Editor, Indian Book Chronicle, Jaipur.

• Thanks so much for the wonderful edition of Re-Markings. It’s such a thrill to see my article and fiction in there. It looks very good. I just got back from Cambridge where I saw Charles Johnson give the Paul Tillich lecture at Harvard.  I mentioned you and the journal, and he said the journal was “very classy.” — Dr. Jonathan Little, Author of The Dolphin Life and Charles Johnson’s Spiritual Imagination & Chair,Department of English, Alverno College ,  Milwaukee , USA .

• Many thanks for the copy of Re-Markings, which looks like a rich collection of essays. I look forward to reading it. —Dr. Morris Dickstein, Author of Leopards in the Temple: The Transformation of American Fiction, 1945-1970 and Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties & Distinguished Professor of English &Director, Ph.D. Program in English The Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, USA.

• Thank you so much for sending me a copy of Re-Markings.  From the first moment, it seemed very exotic to me — the paper had a different texture from American journals, the language, though English, was clearly and in many ways different from “American”, the postage stamps were exotic. Quite thrilling for me to have a quick trip to India in the confines of my office.  It’s impressive–Abby Zito, Department of American Literature and Civilization Middlebury College , Middlebury , Vermont , USA .

• I am very impressed with what you reproduce below from the Inaugural issue of Re-Markings. As you might know my views on Naipaul are very similar to yours. U might have seen my piece years ago on Lamming and Naipaul in Commonwealth : Problems of Response ed. CDN, Macmillan,1982. Congrats and best wishes —Dr. Amritjit Singh, Fulbright-Mundt Fellow, Professor of English, Rhode Island College , Providence , RI , USA .

• Thanks for the issue of Re-Markings (Vol 2, #1), which I’ve been enjoying.  It’s rich stuff–you’ve got quite a set of writers represented, and I see some of your authors are writing in multiple genres. I’ve not met Jonathan Little yet, but I’ve had some email correspondence with him, and he seems like a sharp, nice man.  I agree with him about DeLillo. —Dr John Whalen-Bridge, English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

• It was kind of you to send me a copy of your journal Re-Markings. I was delighted and touched by your editorial. For me, your line on “Come September” and made unforgettable by Villy Vaughn, was sheer nostalgia. And Charles Johnson’s words made so much sense in our world of today. — Jayanta Mahapatra, Noted Indian Poet, Editor of CHANDRABHAGA.

Letter To The Editor

• Dear Dr. Ghosh,A happy season of Spring & Summer to you. And Congratulations! Re-Markings has completed a year. Three tightly (but neatly) packed issues of interesting and meaningful reading matter, spread in about 400 pages, featuring critical essays and appreciations by over two score critics/scholars of nearly as many authors of India and abroad: no mean achievement this. One admires (almost envies) your ‘debut’ with such a flourish and wide support. It goes to your and your team’s credit that with only three issues, one as good as the other, you have carved out a place for yourself and the Re-Markings amongst the half-a-dozen or so special select literary journals in India.I find most of your offerings of interest and eye-openers. Though, at 80 plus, I just haven’t the time for literary discussions and searchings. Re-Markings has helped me to come abreast with some of the works of new, unheard of but established writers and trend-setters. For example Don DeLillo – the chronicler of what we all are obsessed with – the threat of terrorism. The survey of modern Sanskrit Literature is also useful. (Dated : March 23, 2003)–Bhupendra Hooja, Chief Editor, Indian Book Chronicle, 11 Uniara Gardens , Jaipur.

• I cast a quick but careful glance at the inaugural issue of the journal Re-Markings. I deeply appreciate the painstaking selection of its scholarly content and the range and  diversity of its writing. The journal caters to a wide reading public interested in an enlarged spectrum of literary knowledge. I am particularly happy that you have introduced a number of more recent middle level teachers and scholars who are full of promise. I congratulate you on your achievement and look forward to your continued effort  in the direction of promoting scholarship and extending patronage to the younger generation.– Dr. C.R. Visweswara Rao, Prof. & Head, Dept. of English, & Rector, S.K.D. University , ANANTAPUR (A.P.)

• Thank you very much for sending me a copy of the latest issue of Re-Markings. I congratulate you on launching a journal which is a difficult job. The journal is impressive in both content and production. I enjoyed reading the inaugural issue and am reading the current issue with a great deal of interest. It is no doubt a noble venture.– Dr. Rajnath, Editor, Journal of Literary Criticism &Professor & Head, Department of English and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Allahabad , Allahabad.

• Thank you for sending me a copy of Re-Markings. In terms of both the getup and the quality of essays, this journal is destined to make its mark in the world of academics. The special section on Naipaul with three insightful pieces adds to its research viability. Anybody would feel inclined to get associated with this venture and I feel flattered to be invited for a paper.  Once again I congratulate you on bringing out a quality periodical from the Hindi heartland where a publication in English is an event in itself. Please keep on trying to contribute your bit to the world of learning. Your journal has raised great expectations in us. —Prof. S.N. Pandey, Professor of English, Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi.

• I did look up the website and was rather impressed with the overall quality. Of course, it must be a daunting task to publish a journal having to undertake the editor’s onus of sorting out variable quality and the publisher’s jugglery to balance finance and production. I really liked the honesty with which you have written the editorial  in the March 2006 edition of Re-Markings. Often we do not problematise, question or challenge concepts because we are daunted by the reputations and the linguistic magic of what we read. You have taken the lid off manufactured mysteries in a short but telling editorial. Many congratulations for the excellent work you are doing.—Dr. Shankar Dutt, Professor of English, Patna University , Patna (March 6, 2007)

Celebratory 25th Issue: january, 2014

• Dear Nibir,
Jim and I shared your 25th issue this evening with great pleasure.  Hughes is one of our favorites, whom we’ve both taught (he in black literature, me in poetry) and loved.  This is just a note to say that it’s another very fine edition of a journal we admire–and an editor (and I say this with personal knowledge) who makes it work! We feel such loyalty to the journal and to you; we suggest it only to people we think deserve it.  I also always tell them that the editor is a highly compassionate, flexible former Fulbright scholar himself, that he knows everybody in the world (I say it so that they understand it’s hyperbolic, but essentially true) and that his wife is a scholar; the women find this important, as many–perhaps most–women live in societies that do not fully respect or welcome them and their work.  I always treat my own writers (Jim and I did six DLB volumes) with great care; I think academics have a hard enough time just about everywhere, and I also think that working with people brings them out much more than just saying please write me an essay and have it in by this date. (26 January 2015) – Wanda H. Giles is a writer/editor.  She is, with James R. Giles, volume editor of American Novelists Since World War II, (vols. 143, 152, 173, 227, and 278) and Twenty-First-Century American Novelists (vol. 350) of The Dictionary of Literary Biography.  She has taught in three universities and was managing editor of the Northern Illinois University Press.  Since 2002, she has been den mother to fifty-four Fulbright scholars.

• Dear Nibir,
About three weeks ago I received the Celebratory 25th issue of Re-Markings (Vol 13, No.1, Jan 2014). To be able to bring out 25 issues containing a diverse range of academic articles is an achievement by itself. The clockwork rhythm with which they were brought out speaks of your diligence and dedication. I must confess my abject ignorance about ‘Harlem Renaissance’ and Langston Hughes. Like a lot of literature and quite a few philosophical issues they fall in the range of my blind spot. Calling it a spot will be glorifying it euphemistically. It is a huge blind cloud-mass. Your Celebratory issue makes me acutely aware of the lack of literary awareness in me.- Prof. Sushil Gupta, PGDAV College (Delhi University) & author of The Fourth Monkey.

 

Re-Markings, Vol. 14 No. 1 March 2015

• Dear Nibir,
I received the copy of Re-Markings yesterday. Thank you so much. It looks great. And your choice of poems is just the choice I would have made. It’s a very fine publication and I look forward to reading the other works in it. Again, thank you very much. It’s been almost 7 years since I last saw my work in print. It means a great deal to me. Warm regards, Christopher. – Christopher Guerin is Vice President of Corporate Communications Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, IN, USA.

Re-Markings, Vol. 14 No. 2 September 2015

• Dear Nibir, I just received the copy of Re-Markings and was delighted. Jonah did an excellent job with his introduction and questions and I very much appreciated your asking him to do it. Thanks so much for running it as the lead piece in what looks like a very good issue. I hope all is well with you and look forward to our meeting again. All the best, Morris. Professor Moris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English, at Graduate Center for the Humanities, City University of New York.

• Dear Dr. Ghosh,
Do you, can you, recall having met me in Nagpur last month? I was there in connection with an international seminar organized by the Hindi Department. You were kind enough to gift me a copy of the January issue of Re-Markings which I had the occasion to read only now. I have read almost all the articles and was so delighted. It was a very pleasant and exciting experience to read your journal. I am so impressed by your editorial resourcefulness. I was delighted by your own article “A Soul Deep Like the Rivers.” Nothing short of a revelation for me, really….I don’t know why I conceived such a strong urge to send you a recent article of mine on the fictional work of Ruth P. Jhabwala. I hardly ever participate in Seminars of English literature: all my energy goes into Hindi. But this one was one of the rare exception. Ruth’s daughter Renana Jhabwala insisted on it and I couldn’t resist, she being a friend of mine as well as of my (late) wife. I just had a strong impulse to read it through your eyes. It’s not meant for publication. Renana and her husband liked it very much and the audience a well. (It was presented in a week-long festival in memory of Ruth at India International centre, New Delhi). – Padma Shree Dr. Ramesh Chandra Shah retired as Head of the English Department, Hamidia University, Bhopal in 1997. He headed the Nirala Srijanpeeth till December 2000. His publications include Gobarganesh, Kissa Gulam, Poorvapar, Aakhiri Din, Punarvaas, Aap Kahin Nahin Rehte Vibhooti Babu besides several collections of Short Stories, Poems, Essays and plays. He received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Vinayak in 2015.

 

Re-Markings, Vol. 15 No. 1 March 2016 Celebrating 15 Years, 30th Issue

• At a time when the thoughtless mercenaries of dogma, religious and tribal extremists of all stripes, faiths and colors; bloody in their binary taxonomy of the world – into us and them – losing sight of our singularity as humans; at a time when these faith-mercenaries brandish their inhumane weaponry wanting to drag a sane world into a nihilist abyss, I am reassured by the 30th issue of Re-Markings, a journal that provides a generous platform for  the sharing of stories, essays and criticisms of what is magnificent in our being human albeit molded by the rich diverse cultures of the world. When I read any issue of Re-Markings, I get reassured that Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” was wrong. His framework was too cynical of human nature, asymmetrically weighed to the darker side of human nature.  Re-Markings is an avenue for the brighter side of human nature, a journal for the “Dialogue of Civilizations,” the hybridization of humanity that the late Senegalese poet-President Leopold Senghor so ceremoniously championed. It is a journal of critical and creative exploration of the world’s great literatures and cultures – a platform for global enlightenment. May its next 30 years be that of growth and continued vibrancy as its first.

Dr. Tijan M. Sallah, former World Bank Executive, is the most significant living Gambian poet, short story writer, biographer and essayist. He is one of Africa’s most important writers following the generation of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka. His most recent books are Dream Kingdom (a book of selected poems), Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light (a biography) and Harrow: London Poems of Convalescence. His works have been broadcast over the BBC and the National Public Radio in the U.S.

• Respected Prof. Ghosh, Thank you for the latest edition of Re-Markings, and for publishing my translations of Zehra Nigah. At the outset, allow me to say that the journal is beautifully brought out, with interesting articles, poems and critical papers. I feel privileged to be part of a distinguished contributing fraternity. Further congratulations are in order for the thirtieth anniversary issue. In the age of appearing and disappearing journals, Re-Markings has remained and maintained its quality. This achievement is certainly to be lauded and emulated. Going through the contributions, I can now understand why you have included my translations in this issue, addressing as it does the growing problem of intolerance, and the need for an inclusive dialogue. Thank you once again. I hope to contribute more to this remarkable journal and I certainly am grateful to Sushil Gupta ji for introducing me to it. Regards, Urvashi Sabu.

Dr. Urvashi Sabu is Associate Professor in the Department of English at P.G.D.A.V. College, University of Delhi. She takes keen interest in poetry, drama and translation and is also passionate about women’s issues.

•  “Dear Professor Ghosh,
First let me felicitate you for the award of emeritus professorship . I am lucky to have dined and shared  an evening with you ,a great scholar and creative thinker. All the while I was reading your editorial and your conversation with Imraan Coovadia, I remembered your soft, unassuming presence and casual though crisp remarks that evening. You have highlighted the most agonizing experiences of our times in your opening remarks in your Editorial and yet again during the incisive critical duet with Imraan. It’s so refreshing to find Naipaul,Tolstoy,Brodsky,Auden and Shelley all domiciled together in the same enclave. Coming back to your editorial, I was a bit overwhelmed to read Burke’s statement, exactly the same as Tolstoy’s at the end of War and Peace. Sir, you have left me restless and thirsting. I can very much share your concerns and agitations on violence around. I could have been more open and closer to you only if I had got The Re-Markings before we met. My thanks and regards to you and salutations to Mrs. Sunita Ghosh.– Arun Kamal” (May 6, 2016).

Professor Arun Kamal is a leading Hindi poet and literary essayist based at Patna. He has published five collections of poetry–Apni Kewal Dhar, Saboot,Naye Ilake Mein, Putali Mein Sansar and Main Wo Shankh Mahashankh–and three selections of his poems. He has received several awards for poetry including Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Poetry award, Shrikant Varma Smriti Puraskar, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Shamsher Samman, Raghuvir Sahay Smriti Puraskar, Nagarjun Puraskar and Sahitya Akademi Award (1998) for Naye Ilake Mein. Currently, he is Professor of English at Patna University.