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The IUP Journal of English Studies
ISSN: 0973-3728
A ‘peer reviewed’ journal indexed on Elsevier,
and also distributed by EBSCO and Proquest Database

Jun'15

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The IUP Journal of English Studies, an academic initiative of the IUP, is an intellectual vehicle for informed critical evaluations of various areas of literature, English Language Teaching, translation studies relating to emerging and established genres. A fresh and invigorating evaluation of the contributions of writers and their significant writings are on offer in the Journal.

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New Indian English Poetry: Anand Kumar’s Phantasmal Pulsation
Cut-Up Voices in Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World
Death as the ‘Datum’ in Alcestis and Svapnavāsavadattam:
A Comparative Analysis
Developing the Interpersonal Communication Skills of College Students Through Poetry: A Classroom Study
Team Teaching Strategy for Conducive Classroom Learning
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(Jun 2015)

New Indian English Poetry: Anand Kumar’s Phantasmal Pulsation

--V V B Rama Rao

A distinguished new artefact has been emerging as new poetry written by our poets in English. Current poets of the category of Anand Kumar have been enlarging the horizons of imaginative thinking and scintillatingly brief expression. Anand Kumar is a medical scientist of repute, thinking and expressing along fresh lines of creativity. He came up with a theory of his own practice. His uniqueness lies, among several things (which are shown in the paper), in the declaration he makes in earnest in his ‘poet’s note’. With a deep understanding of our native ethos (his poetic work has a strong strain of Nativism). Fancy, fantasy, dream condition, eeriness and holiness are all seen and, more importantly, felt in his creativity. He has a deep understanding of ancient foreign lore, literature, painting and music which he displays with deftness. He declares that there are dreams, silences and screams, noises of varied effects, inspirations whipped with vigor and crafted emotions. The reader appreciates this intellectualization of the energies preceding mind and speech.

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Cut-Up Voices in Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World

--Tania Mary Vivera

Culture is an ensemble of narratives held together by collective memories and habitualized forms of storytelling. Cultural narratology explores the ways in which the formal properties of novels manifest the covert mental assumptions and cultural practices and form cultural identities of a given period. But the medley of voices burrowing for a cultural space is no longer remediated just linguistically but is represented in its veritable form as a cacophony of multimodal signifiers such as space, typography, layout, color, visual images, non-sequential reading pathways, tactility, etc. Woman’s World, a collage novel by British artist, Graham Rawle, has been created entirely from fragments of text clipped from the 1960s women’s magazines and invokes the narrator Norma’s obsession with these magazines and traverses the psyche of the narrator in search of a stable identity. It is also a cultural archive of the fashion and life style obsessed. Norma’s transgendered narrative voice emerges out of the collaged shards of text through a mosaic of prescriptive high society magazine directives on who a woman is and what a woman should be. This paper analyzes the feminine voices warped by the peppy wisdom and inane optimism of the 1960s women’s magazines and the distorted voice of transvestite Roy cross-dressing as Norma wedged in the gendered fetters of modern society. Cultural narratology interspersed with gender studies is used to study the cut-out text and visual artifacts for the cultural and stylistic innuendoes of the magazinespeak and the clustered identity of the narrator reappropriated through the collage novel.

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Death as the ‘Datum’ in Alcestis and Svapnavāsavadattam: A Comparative Analysis

--GRK Murty

Euripides (485 BC-406 BC) was the youngest of the great triad of Greek tragic poets. It is said that Euripides wrote the play, Alcestis as the fourth play in a tetralogy and Alfred Schone considers it “a parody, and finds it very funny.” But according to Gilbert Norwood, the play dealing “poignantly with the most solemn interests of humanity” and “imitating actual life more closely, belongs to the sphere of tragedy” though “presenting comic features.” Bhasa, who must have lived in the second half of the 4th century BC, is often referred to as the “Father of the Indian drama.” He is an accomplished Sanskrit poet of a very high order. He is known for his dramatic style and his plays are marked by profound psychological insight, striking figures of speech, brilliant epigrams and have all the navarasas—humor, heroism, surprise, anger, pity, terror, serenity, devotion and love. He wrote the play, Svapnavāsavadattam, by borrowing a theme from Gunādhya’s Brihatkatha. In both these plays that poignantly deal with the most solemn interests of humanity, the plot revolves around ‘death’—real or faked. This paper attempts to analyze and comparatively evaluate the grace with which the playwrights handle the conflict with death and the challenges—unequal relationship of man to woman, death versus character, sacrifice versus self-interest and object versus subject, etc.,—emerging therefore.

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Developing the Interpersonal Communication Skills of College Students Through Poetry: A Classroom Study

--S Ramaraju and S P Dhanavel

Developing the Interpersonal Communication Skills (IPCS) of students at college level is emphasized by the academia and industry to bridge the gap between academic skills and employability skills. Among the qualities sought by the employers from their employees, IPCS are considered the most important. This paper highlights the importance of developing the IPCS, presents the need for academic interventions, and explores the use of poetry in English Language Teaching (ELT), Communication Skills and IPCS development. Poetry is basically a rich source of emotional and interactional diversity. Therefore, this paper argues that a variety of emotions embodied in poetry in English from various countries can be a valuable resource in developing the IPCS of students. It explains the task design, activities, and observations and presents the findings through the response from students. It also presents the limitations of the study undertaken and scope for further research.

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Team Teaching Strategy for Conducive Classroom Learning

--J Sundarsingh

The style of imparting specific language skills at the tertiary level is influenced positively by collaborative team teaching strategies. The teachers benefit more as they interact with each other frequently for designing and implementing tasks. The paper discusses the methods of involving three teachers for teaching in a classroom of 66 students through mutual accommodation. The creation of team teaching strategy was to facilitate undistracted learning environment as it had been difficult for guiding mentally-distracted L2 learners through the learning process to acquire language skills in a larger classroom. The study showed that the suggested strategy enabled teachers of different teaching skills to collaborate, help and support one another and supervise the process of learning more closely. The classroom environment was made suitable to learning through instruction, lecturing and pre-designed activities and enabled the learners of the same grade to learn language skills comfortably. Three faculty members (T1, T2, T3) were involved in training in language production, both in written and spoken forms and created a ‘conducive classroom’ situation. There was a gradual increase of student participation by the end of the study. The restricted flexible strategy also enabled the teachers to improve their teaching skills and correct the pedagogical imbalance by sharing their expertise with each other. The tasks were designed in such a way that the teaching expertise of each teacher involved in team teaching was used to the fullest possible extent. Team teaching also facilitated teachers to improve their teaching skills, though it had its own negative impact on the approach.

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Automated Teller Machines (ATMs): The Changing Face of Banking in India

Bank Management
Information and communication technology has changed the way in which banks provide services to its customers. These days the customers are able to perform their routine banking transactions without even entering the bank premises. ATM is one such development in recent years, which provides remote banking services all over the world, including India. This paper analyzes the development of this self-service banking in India based on the secondary data.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is playing a very important role in the progress and advancement in almost all walks of life. The deregulated environment has provided an opportunity to restructure the means and methods of delivery of services in many areas, including the banking sector. The ICT has been a focused issue in the past two decades in Indian banking. In fact, ICTs are enabling the banks to change the way in which they are functioning. Improved customer service has become very important for the very survival and growth of banking sector in the reforms era. The technological advancements, deregulations, and intense competition due to the entry of private sector and foreign banks have altered the face of banking from one of mere intermediation to one of provider of quick, efficient and customer-friendly services. With the introduction and adoption of ICT in the banking sector, the customers are fast moving away from the traditional branch banking system to the convenient and comfort of virtual banking. The most important virtual banking services are phone banking, mobile banking, Internet banking and ATM banking. These electronic channels have enhanced the delivery of banking services accurately and efficiently to the customers. The ATMs are an important part of a bank’s alternative channel to reach the customers, to showcase products and services and to create brand awareness. This is reflected in the increase in the number of ATMs all over the world. ATM is one of the most widely used remote banking services all over the world, including India. This paper analyzes the growth of ATMs of different bank groups in India.
International Scenario

If ATMs are largely available over geographically dispersed areas, the benefit from using an ATM will increase as customers will be able to access their bank accounts from any geographic location. This would imply that the value of an ATM network increases with the number of available ATM locations, and the value of a bank network to a customer will be determined in part by the final network size of the banking system. The statistical information on the growth of branches and ATM network in select countries.

Indian Scenario

The financial services industry in India has witnessed a phenomenal growth, diversification and specialization since the initiation of financial sector reforms in 1991. Greater customer orientation is the only way to retain customer loyalty and withstand competition in the liberalized world. In a market-driven strategy of development, customer preference is of paramount importance in any economy. Gone are the days when customers used to come to the doorsteps of banks. Now the banks are required to chase the customers; only those banks which are customercentric and extremely focused on the needs of their clients can succeed in their business today.

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