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The present essay addresses the question whether In an Antique Land (1992) should be read as a novel or rather as a non-fiction. Ghosh’s third book deploys several novelistic strategies in its elaboration of authentic material. Moreover, it constructs different characters that are named “Amitav Ghosh” but remain rather distinct from one another in their attitudes and capacities. We shall therefore distinguish between Amitab, the young and clumsy Bengali field-worker in Lataifa, and Dr Ghosh, the smart cosmopolitan historian and expert of philology who traces the origins of Bomma. Deploying an eminently modernist poetics, Ghosh’s narrative conflates ethnography, Bildungsroman, philology, and a survey of the political situation in the Middle East.

In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
Anthropology, Epistemology, Ethics, Space
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An Indian Bengali by birth, Amitav Ghosh has established himself as a major voice in what is often called world literature, addressing issues such as the post-colonial and neo-colonial predicaments, the plight of the subalterns, the origin of globalisation and capitalism, and lately ecology and migration. The volume is therefore divided according to the four domains that lie at the heart of Ghosh’s writing practice: anthropology, epistemology, ethics and space. In this volume, a number of scholars from all over the world have come together to shed new light on the works and poetics of Amitav Ghosh according to the epistemic frameworks that form the bedrock of his fiction.

Contributors: Safoora Arbab, Carlotta Beretta, Lucio De Capitani, Asis De, Lenka Filipova, Letizia Garofalo, Swapna Gopinath, Evelyne Hanquart-Turner, Sabine Lauret-Taft, Carol Leon, Kuldeep Mathur, Fiona Moolla, Sambit Panigrahi, Madhsumita Pati, Murari Prasad, Luca Raimondi, Pabitra Kumar Rana, Ilaria Rigoli, Sneharika Roy, John Thieme, Alessandro Vescovi.
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome
In: Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome