Dr K M Sherrif, Associate Professor of English at Calicut University is a profound scholar and academic in new literatures in English and in the theory and practice of translation. His translations from Gujarati and Marathi dalit writings were pioneering efforts in the making of new and minor cultural discourses in India and Kerala. His early works like Ekalavyas with Thumbsstill hold the ground in the field of literary, cultural and political translations in India.
Dr Sherrif visited the new English department at S S University Tirur Centre and delivered a lecture “New Trends in American Literatures” on the 3rd of October 2012. He elaborated the current contexts of hegemony and neo imperialism and the development of new minor sensibilities and subjectivities in the American world. He focused on Key canonical as well as new authors in the M A English syllabus to develop his arguments towards the shift in the paradigms and perspectives in a changed world after the 9/11 attacks.
The lecture was done in a free and flexible way with a touch of dialogic and polyphonic spirit. The kind of critical pedagogy practiced by Dr Sherrif seems to be moving closer to the newer and de-centered democratic interactive practices that are gaining momentum in the marginal and minor locations of culture and politics. He enlightened us on the new trends and tendencies emerging within the American literary cultures that are making it more inclusive and egalitarian like the writing of native Americans, women, blacks, contested groups and sexual minorities.
The three-hour talk provided newer insights and outlooks to the students and reoriented some of the traditionalist biases and short sights regarding the canon and critical practice. He has shifted the whole debate from literary into cultural and political. His fresh rethinking of Faulkner, Angelou or Morrison provides the much needed break and critical impetus to the intelligent students of literature and culture.