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IU holds seminar on Bangladeshi Literature in English

Kushtia, 11 July (Correspondent/OurVoice) – A seminar on ‘Origin and development of the Bangladeshi Literature in English’ was held at Islamic University in Kushtia on Tuesday.

The IU English department organised a PhD seminar at the Rabindra-Nazrul Arts’ building in the morning.

Dhaka City College’s English department Professor Elham Hossain addressed the seminar as the chief discussant with IU English department chairperson Professor Miah Md Rashiduzzaman in the chair.

Abdus Salam, a PhD fellow of the English department, presented the article under the supervision of Islamic University’s former vice-chancellor and the university’s English department Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari.

About one hundred teachers, students and officials of the university took part in the seminar.

IU former vice-chancellor Professor Askari said that this was the first ever research attempt, so far as I know, to write a history of Bangladeshi Literature in English based on inadequate secondary sources.

This initial research would give revealing insight into Bangladeshi writing in English or Bangladeshi English literature, locate its position in South-Asian writing in English, and finally situate it in the global context, he added. 

It would also help catch people’s attention to the budding Bangladeshi English writers, many of whose writings have already earned huge critical acclaim at home and abroad, he further added.

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