Amitav Ghosh’s Culture Chromosome

Anthropology, Epistemology, Ethics, Space


Volume Editors: Asis De and Alessandro Vescovi
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.

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Asis De is Associate Professor of English at Mahishadal Raj College (PG), and academic counsellor in the English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad), India. He has published many articles on Anglophone Postcolonial and Diasporic Literatures, Ecological Humanities and Cultural Studies, and recently edited Mapping South Asian Diaspora (2018). He has delivered research papers on issues of cultural identity, transnationalism, ecological humanities, kinship and disability studies in Asian, Caribbean and African narratives.

Alessandro Vescovi is Associate Professor at the Department of modern languages, University of Milano, where he teaches Anglophone Literatures. He is part of the advisory boards of literature and Indology journals and series, he has published monographs, including one on Amitav Ghosh (Firenze, 2012) and articles on Indian writing in English (Narayan, Naipaul, Ghosh, Desai, Lahiri, Mukherjee) in several international journals. He is currently working on a monograph on post-secularism in Indian fiction.
John Thieme


Notes on Contributors

 Introduction: The Culture Chromosome
   Asis De and Alessandro Vescovi

part 1
1 Time, Space, Love in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace
   F. Fiona Moolla

2 Neel’s Bildungsroman Ghosh’s Model of Humanity as Embodied Difference in the Ibis Trilogy
   Ilaria Rigoli

3 The Commerce of Languages in Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke
   Sabine Lauret-Taft

4 Matters of the Spirit Navigating between the Secular and the Religious in Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land
   Lucio De Capitani

5 Cultural Plurality and Migration in Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke
   Kuldeep Mathur

part 2
6 I Met Two Narrators from an Antique Land A Narratological Reading of Amitav Ghosh’s Travelogue
   Alessandro Vescovi

7 A Sense of History The Poetics of Opium in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy
   Carlotta Beretta

8 Reclaiming History Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome
   Murari Prasad

9 Amitav Ghosh on the Edge of Science Epistemological Anarchism and The Calcutta Chromosome
   Letizia Garofalo

10 Silence, Subversion and the Subaltern in Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome
   Safoora Arbab

part 3
11 The Adam Smith Problem in the Ibis Trilogy Self-Interest, Empathy, and Hermeneutic Irony
   Sneharika Roy

12 From Mem to Mistress The Curious Case of Mrs Burnham in Amitav Ghosh’s Flood of Fire
   Pabitra Kumar Rana

13 The Perversity of Flowers Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies
   Evelyne Hanquart-Turner

14 Place as Process in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide
   Lenka Filipova

part 4
15 Transcultural Identity and Cosmopolitanism in The Glass Palace
   Asis De

16 Imagining Identities amidst Shifting Spatialities in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines
   Swapna Gopinath

17 Ruptured Boundaries and Cosmopolitan Space The Spatial Imagination of Amitav Ghosh in The Shadow Lines
   Sambit Panigrahi and Madhusmita Pati

18 Land, River, Sea The Articulated Space of the Indian Ocean in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy
   Luca Raimondi

19 Horizonality in The Shadow Lines Disrupting Borders and Boundaries
   Carol Leon

part 5
20 “A Few words from Amitav Ghosh on Gun Island


Anyone interested in Amitav Ghosh as a writer, which also include common readers, B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. students and researchers in social sciences and culture studies interested in interdisciplinary approaches to literature with particular reference to the four main subject-headings.