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From the Editor's Desk 

1. (Third)worlding the House of Literature: Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe's Weltliteratur-An Early 21st Century Indian Response

Makarand Paranjape 

 2. Interfaith Harmony in Balangadhar Tilak's Gita Ralwsya 
R.P. Singh 

 3. Sexuality as a Romantic Desire to Find a Virgin
Text in Michele Roberts's The Wild Girl 

Jayita Sengupta 

 4. How Far Radical? Middle Class Politics, Youth and Women
in the Literature of Bengal during National Liberation

Arjun Ghosh 

5. The Students' Movement in Germany Revisited: 
Literature, Politics and Society

Rekha Kamath Rajan 

6. Representing through Iconography: The Imagery of Women
as Readers in North America and Spain (1850-1900) 

Rebeca Sanmartin Bastida 

7. The Other: Loss and Recovery through a Metaphor 
Ajay Sarvaiya 

 8. The Call Centre Worker as Cyber Coohib 
A. Raghu

9. Bangladesh: A Monolingual 'Nation-State' 
or a Construct of Cultural Hegemony? 

Santosh K. Sareen and Sayeedur Rahman

10. The Process of Making the Text Legible
S.A. Hasan 

11. "Quest for an A-Gendered Space?" 
An Interview with Manjula Padmanabhan 

Shubhra Ray 

 12. The Love Story of Ram Sajivan
Uday Prakash 
Translated by 
Nandini Chandra 

13. Review: Re-mapping the English Theatrical World 
Swati Pal 

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.