Dragging baltimore into the bay of bengal

Dhar, Nandini (2018) Dragging baltimore into the bay of bengal. In: The Routledge Companion to World Literature and World History. Taylor and Francis, India, pp. 277-288. ISBN 9781315686271

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This chapter demonstrates how the novel Sea of Poppies simultaneously globalises and de-Atlanticises the horrific histories of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, by putting in the context of other horrific histories instituted by the machineries of the global, colonialist, mercantile capitalism of the nineteenth century. It shows that while the novel sits squarely within the Indian Anglophone canon in its deployment of multiple literary forms emerging from disparate geographies, its representations of a subaltern maritime cosmopolitanism also problematises the default elite cosmopolitanism endemic to the Indian English novel. The chapter provides the novel in the context of the archive of slave narratives and neo-slave narratives, and shows how the text adapts and modifies the essential characteristics of neo-slave narratives to fit the requirements of the South Asian colonial context. The trans-Atlantic histories referenced by Amitav Ghosh's novel remind people that the Black Atlantic was a remarkably heterogenous zone, comprised of multiple nations, languages and regions.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Bengal | Sea | Atlantic slave trade
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > History
JGU School/Centre: Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 01:10
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2022 06:59
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315686271
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/706


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