Contents Preface Acknowledgements 1. Amitav Ghosh: Modernity And The Theory Of The Novel/Bibhash Choudhury 2. Police And Postcolonial Rationality In Amitav Ghosh’s The Circle Of Reason/Yumna Siddiqi 3. National Allegory And Partition In The Shadow Lines/Thomas Halloran 4. Postcolonial Melancholy: An Examination Of Sadness In Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines/Ian Almond 5. The Calcutta Chromosome: Rereading Western Cultural Hegemony/Isabella Bruschi 6. History As Fiction, Fiction As History: Amitav Ghosh’s In An Antique Land/Claire Chambers 7. The Suave Steps Of Memory And Rebirth: Dancing In Cambodia, Stories In Stones, At Large In Burma/Andrea Duranti 8. Mapping Of Power Discourse In The Glass Palace/N.K. Rajlakshmi 9. ‘You And Your Stories’: Narrating The Histories Of The Dispossessed In Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide/Hwyel Dix 10. Rethinking ‘Diaspora’: A Postcolonial Reading Of The Hungry Tide And A Fine Balance/Debashree Dattaray 11. The Cult Of The Bomb: Amitav Ghosh’s Countdown/Sandip Ain 12. Fraught With A Background: Identity And Cultural Legacy In Sea Of Poppies/Bibhash Choudhury Notes on Contributors Index
Indian Writing in English has proliferated over the last few decades and has made a huge impact on English readers. Not only do the works of Indian authors writing in English find a place on the best-seller list, they are also receiving critical acclaim across the world. Starting from Rabindranath Tagore, Sarojni Naidu, R.K. Narayan, Raja Rao, Mulk Raj Anand, to V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth and Amitav Ghosh, we have an array of writers adorning the literary horizon. All these writers have considerable following in the English speaking countries, and Amitav Ghosh certainly occupies an important place among them and is much acclaimed for his literary style and content.
One of the most prolific postcolonial writers writing today, Amitav Ghosh has received many awards: The Circle of Reason, winning the Prix Medici Etranger (one of France’s top literary award), The Shadow Lines, winning the Sahitya Akademi Award, and The Calcutta Chromosome, bagging the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997. His latest novel, Sea of Poppies too has been highly appreciated.
This book, which is an anthology of critical essays, deals with fictional as well as non-fictional works of Amitav Ghosh. It focuses on Ghosh’s idea and theory of the novel, postcolonial rationality in The Circle of Reason, nationalism in the context of Partition in The Shadow Lines, and East-West encounter in The Calcutta Chromosome. Besides, it also discusses power structure operating within the narrative of The Glass Palace, and the question of space, identity and cultural difference in The Hungry Tide. Though different from each other, some of the essays take up common themes for discussion and offer new insights into Ghosh’s works. The essays are thoughtful, incisive and refreshing.
This book is meant for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of English literature. Besides, all those readers who wish to delve deeper into the works of Amitav Ghosh will find reading the text extremely informative, stimulating and useful.