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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Specialist, Northeastern University Libraries
The Dawn Journal is described on its About page as “a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal published bi-annually focusing on English Language Teaching, Literature and Tribal Studies.” The inaugural issue focused on tribal studies with articles examining the plight of refugees and the Badagas people of South India, who are described as “sometime refugees in a new land.” Two other articles in the issue discussed “Food and Health Status of Scheduled Tribes in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh” and “Deserted Villages and Destroyed Dreams: An Indication of Culture Extinction.”
The second issue concentrated on English Language Teaching and Literature with an incredibly diverse collection of articles, ranging from “Modernism as a Failed Utopia: A Postcolonial Critique of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Ngugi wa Mirii’s I will Marry When I Want,” “Dynamics of Performance on the Aquatic Stage” (about ritual and performance in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria), and “Bridging the Gap between Multiculturalism and Second Language Acquisition.”
In the current issue, volume 2, no. 1, for January—June 2013, there is a blending of the three subjects and the resulting articles will appeal to teachers of English language and literature, as well as academic and general readers with an interest in tribal studies of India. Articles on the latter topic explain the traditional caste system in India as well as the contemporary social system with two more marginalized groups: Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes.
On the journal homepage, there is a list of index and abstracting tools covering The Dawn Journal, as well as links for Recent Posts and Recent Comments. There also is a Creative Corner link for “original, previously unpublished poetry, short story, essay and translation works.” Articles may be accessed in PDF format individually or the reader may opt to View the Entire Issue.
The title will be of especial interest to students of Indian tribal culture, linguistics, and education.