Center for South Asia Weekly Lecture Series: Anwesha Maity (Comparative Literature, UW-Madison)
Reassessing Marginality in Bengali (Bangla) Comics: Handa-Bhonda and Bantul The Great
Thursday, September 27, 2018
206 Ingraham Hall
I will focus on a reading of a few stories from two “classic” Bangla comic strips— Narayan Debnath’s Bantul the Great and Handa- Bhonda, published serially in the periodical Shuktara since the 1960s. Apart from overarching themes like Bengali identity and an unambiguous moral compass, these comics also draw our attention to the construction of masculinity and alternative body-image, leading to a reassessment of marginality within the postcolonial Bengali-middle class milieu.