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Amitav Ghosh

(1956– ), Indian novelist, travel writer, and anthropologist, born in Calcutta, educated at Delhi University and at Oxford. His writings in all genres display his experiences of ...

Ghosh, Amitav

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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..., Amitav ( 1956–  ) FRSL. Indian author and academic ; resident in New York. His novels include The Shadow Lines ( 1988 ), exploring the effect upon a family of the partition of Bengal, and The Calcutta Chromosome ( 1996 ), science fiction which made early use of the World Wide Web as a tool for exploring a secret history involving early research into the malaria parasite. The ongoing Ibis trilogy ( Sea of Poppies ( 2008 ); River of Smoke ( 2011 ) ) is set at the time of the opium...

Ghosh, Amitav

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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..., Amitav ( 1956–  ) Indian author and academic , born in Calcutta (Kolkata) and educated at the University of Delhi and Oxford; resident in New York. The Shadow Lines ( 1988 ), a novel exploring the effect upon a family of the partition of Bengal, won the Indian Sahitya Akademi Award. The Calcutta Chromosome ( 1996 ) won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel. Its use of the World Wide Web in near‐future Calcutta as a tool for exploring a secret history involving early research into the malaria parasite parallels later novels'...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Amitav ( 1956–  ) Indian journalist and novelist The Circle of Reason ( 1986 ) Fiction The Shadow Lines ( 1988 ) Fiction In an Antique Land ( 1992 ) Non-Fiction The Calcutta Chromosome ( 1996 ) Fiction Dancing in Cambodia , At Large in Burma ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Countdown ( 1999 ) Non-Fiction The Glass Palace ( 2000 ) Fiction The Imam and the Indian ( 2002 ) Non-Fiction The Hungry Tide ( 2004 ) Fiction Incendiary Circumstances ( 2006 ) Non-Fiction Sea of Poppies ( 2008 ) Fiction River of Smoke ( 2011 ) Fiction...

Ghosh, Amitav

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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..., Amitav ( 1956–  ), Indian novelist , travel writer, and anthropologist, born in Calcutta, educated at Delhi University and at Oxford. His writings in all genres display his experiences of a variety of cultures. His first novel, The Circle of Reason ( 1986 ), was praised by some critics for its spontaneity and vitality, but others found it derivative of Rushdie's Midnight's Children and the school of magic realism . His second, more original and accomplished novel, The Shadow Lines ( 1988 ), chronicles the intertwined destinies of an Indian and...

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh  

(1956– ),Indian novelist, travel writer, and anthropologist, born in Calcutta, educated at Delhi University and at Oxford. His writings in all genres display his experiences of a variety of cultures. ...
Upamanyu Chatterjee

Upamanyu Chatterjee  

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(1959– )Indian novelist, member of the generation of Indian writers in English who turned the new prominence of Indian writing in English to rich profit following Salman Rushdie's remarkable success ...
Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera  

(1954– ),Sri Lankan novelist and short-story writer, born in Sri Lanka; he lived in the Philippines and the USA before settling in England. Gunesekera's first collection of stories, Monkfish Moon ...
Chatterjee, Upamanyu

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...Upamanyu ( 1959–  ) Indian novelist, with Amitav Ghosh and others part of a late 20th‐century blossoming of Bengali writers in English. Drawing on his officer experience in the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, Chatterjee's first novel English, August ( 1988 , filmed 1994 ), offers a comic‐ironic portrait, informed by Hindu myth, of the ennui and self‐disgust attendant upon this highly sought‐after job. The award- winning Mammaries of the Welfare State ( 2000 ) is a sequel. Other work includes the novels The Last Burden ( 1993 )...

Chatterjee, Upamanyu

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...Indian novelist , member of the generation of Indian writers in English who turned the new prominence of Indian writing in English to rich profit following Salman Rushdie 's remarkable success with Midnight's Children ( 1981 ). Born in Patna, Bihar, he also formed with Amitav Ghosh and others part of a late 20th‐century blossoming of Bengali writers in English. Drawing on his officer experience in the prestigious Indian Administrative Service, Chatterjee's acclaimed, best‐known work, his first novel English, August ( 1988 ), offers a comic‐ironic...

Gunesekera, Romesh

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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...the impact of ethnic and political mistrust on his characters' psyches. With his first novel, Reef ( 1994 ), Gunesekera established himself in the front rank of the singularly talented post- Rushdie generation of expatriate South Asian writers (which includes the Indians Amitav Ghosh , Sunetra Gupta , and Amit Chaudhuri , and the Pakistanis Aamer Hussein, Sara Suleri, and Nadeem Aslam). In Reef , which reads like a collection of stories linked by a single narrative perspective, Gunesekera employs the device of presenting complex political issues in a...

Mistry, Rohinton

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (2 ed.)

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...which his characters would seem less engrossing. A fine balance also marks a growing point in that it reveals a desire to move beyond the Parsi community to extend the scope of his fiction. Mistry's work lacks the metafictional quality of Salman Rushdie or the artifice of Amitav Ghosh , yet his work is no less important in the way it chooses to reflect, in the lives of a small community in India, the concerns that confront diasporic communities. Issues of marginality, essentialism, hegemony, and assimilation are not foregrounded in his writing, but reading...

Anglo-Indian literature

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...including the stark realism of Rohinton Mistry , the light, Austen‐esque prose of Seth, the mordant social observation of Upamanyu Chatterjee , the flamboyance of Vikram Chandra ( 1961–  ) ( Love and Longing in Bombay , 1997 ), the multi‐layered historical studies of Amitav Ghosh ( In an Antique Land , 1992 ); and the elliptical understatement of Amit Chaudhuri . A third generation is now becoming prominent, including Kiran Desai , Manju Kapur, and the Keralan Arundhati Roy with her ambitious, highly praised novel The God of Small Things (...

Asian American Ecocriticism

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Anita Mannur and Casey Kuhajda

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...Tarot Card.” 64. Rajender Kaur, “‘Home Is Where the Orcaella Are’: Toward a New Paradigm of Transcultural Ecocritical Engagement in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide ,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 14, no. 1 (2007), 125–141. 65. Amitav Ghosh, “The Town by the Sea” , The Hindu , January 13, 2005. 66. Ghosh, “ The Town by the Sea .” 67. Agrawal, Environmentality , 202. 68. Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2005). 69. Teju Cole, “A Better Quality of Agony,” The New Yorker , March 27, 2013....

Anglo-Indian literature

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...including the stark realism of Rohinton Mistry , the light, Austen‐esque prose of Seth, the mordant social observation of Upamanyu Chatterjee , the flamboyance of Vikram Chandra ( 1961–  ) ( Love and Longing in Bombay , 1997 ), the multi‐layered historical studies of Amitav Ghosh ( In an Antique Land , 1992 ); and the elliptical understatement of Amit Chaudhuri . A third generation is now becoming prominent, including Kiran Desai , Manju Kapur , and the Keralan Arundhati Roy with her ambitious, highly praised novel The God of Small Things ( 1997...

Global India in 21st-Century Asian American Literature

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Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...and Delight (New York: W. W. Norton, 2017), 68, 60. 26. For an argument regarding why Amitav Ghosh’s novels should be read as Asian American literature, see Ruth Maxey , “Beyond National Literatures: Empire and Amitav Ghosh,” in The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature , ed. Rajini Srikanth and Min Hyoung Song (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 567–582. 27. Amitav Ghosh , The Hungry Tide (London: HarperCollins, 2005), 3. 28. Ghosh, The Hungry Tide , 119. 29. Mrinalini Chakravorty , “Of Dystopias and Deliriums: The...

Reading South Asian American Literature

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Rajini Srikanth

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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...in the writings of Amitav Ghosh, whose novels span multiple centuries and embrace a range of phenomena and events including the histories of 11th-century Indian Ocean slavery and 19th-century indentured servitude, the opium trade between India and China, the Opium Wars between the British and Chinese, horticultural collecting, and World War II; these writings are set in diverse locations like Burma, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Mauritius, and China. Ghosh is seen more readily as a postcolonial writer; as Ruth Maxey points out, Ghosh does not think of...

South Asian Literature

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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...Canada, or the United States. The best-known diasporic literature of South Asian origin has appeared in English since the 1960s; its authors include Zulfikar Ghose , Hanif Kureishi , Sara Suleri , A. K. Ramanujan , Salman Rushdie , Anita Desai , Rohinton Mistry , Amitav Ghosh , Agha Shahid Ali , Meena Alexander , Michael Ondaatje , and Shyam Selvadurai . Literary Influences. The major indigenous literary languages of modern South Asia and their long-standing literary traditions have been in continual contact with one another over the past five...

Sri Lankan American Literature and Culture

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Dinidu Karunanayake

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

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... Diasporic Mediations , 205; and Ruth Yu Hsiao, “A World Apart: A Reading of South Asian American Literature,” in A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America , eds. Lavina Dhingra Shankar and Rajini Srikanth (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998), 220. 71. Amitav Ghosh, The Shadow Lines (London: Bloomsbury, 1988), quoted in Radhakrishnan, Diasporic Mediations , 209. 72. V. V. Ganeshananthan, Love Marriage (New York: Random House, 2008), 246. 73. Ganeshananthan, Love Marriage , 21. 74. Ganeshananthan, Love Marriage , 23. 75. ...

Novel

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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...to local and regional settings and to novels by women ( Gauri Deshpande , Shashi Deshpande , Githa Hariharan , Arundhati Roy ), even as globalization has shone a spotlight on South Asian writers in English, particularly writers in the diaspora such as Anita Desai , Amitav Ghosh , and Rohinton Mistry (India); Bapsi Sidhwa , Kamila Shamsie , and Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan); and Romesh Gunesekera , Michael Ondaatje , and Shyam Selvadurai (Sri Lanka). The novel's uneven development in different regions and languages exhibits variations on this...

Diasporas

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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...Genealogies of Semantics and Transcultural Comparison. ” Numen 47, no. 3 (2000): 313–337. Clifford, James . “ Diasporas. ” Cultural Anthropology 9 (August 1994): 302–338. Cohen, Robin . Global Diasporas: An Introduction . Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997. Ghosh, Amitav . “ The Diaspora in Indian Culture. ” Public Culture 2, no. 1 (1989): 73–78. Harris, Joseph E. , ed. Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora . Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1982. Mckeown, Adam . “ Conceptualizing Chinese Diasporas, 1842 to 1949. ” Journal of...

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