One of the first questions that I was asked when I sent out feelers soliciting submissions for the inaugural issue of the journal was – “Why? What is the need? Aren’t there enough English literary journals? Why one more?”
Of course, these were justified queries as there are umpteen literary journals at present in India.
This was not the case a few years ago, when I was a student. But now, quite a few have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the country. However, even now, most of these cater to academicians and are not really meant for graduation and undergraduate literary students. Hence, to fill the lacuna, Spring Magazine is born.
This journal, unlike most others, is not of the pay and publishes variety, as it is founded on the simple philosophy of getting across quality research and guidance to budding academicians and litterateurs. Keeping this in mind, articles are chosen not just on academic merit, but also on how useful they would be to a graduation or post graduation student. The endeavour has been to expose young scholars to a wide array of literary subjects as well as to familiarize them to slightly abstruse topics that they might otherwise be wary of.
Thus, in this inaugural issue, we have on the one hand, articles that deal with our Indian epics and Arthurian legends, and on the other hand, essays on modern Indian writing in English. However, care has been taken that the usual suspects of the English literary canon such as the Romantics and Victorians are not forgotten. Sharing space with these are articles that attempt to demystify modern literary theory – both in theory and practice, as well as deliberations on classroom practices. Articles of the latter kind, I believe, are necessary, as today’s graduate and post graduate students would soon be jostling for space with current teachers and the sooner they are exposed to life closer to the blackboard, the better.
While a few of the graduates would soon take to teaching, not an inconsiderable number would hopefully go on to become researchers. Thereby it is imperative that they are exposed to topics that canonical study of English literature might (and does) ignore. Hence, articles on popular literature and culture are included.
Similarly, the journal also includes a section titled “Closet Classics”. As the name suggests, in the section, we will deal with texts that have been ignored for whatever reason, but deserve attention. In the current issue, in this regard, an article on two Indian travelogues has been included.
In addition to all these articles, interviews and book reviews also form a part of this journal. These will expose the young scholars to current discourse.
Finally, the journal also encourages young creative writers and hence, three poems by students are included.
I thank all the contributors, editors and reviewers of the journal for their painstaking efforts and patience. I hope that this journal meets with the approbation of students, researchers as well as academicians, and is encouraged by one and all so that we would be motivated to do even better than what we now believe is our best.
Dr. KBS Krishna