In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

By: Mrinalini Chakravorty

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IN STEREOTYPE confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in multiple South Asian contexts, whether depicting hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, terror, or outsourcing. She argues that such commonplaces are crucial to defining cultural identity in contemporary literature and shows how the stereotype’s ambivalent nature exposes the crises of liberal development in South Asia. Chakravorty considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, and Chetan Bhagat, among others, to illustrate how stereotypes about South Asia provide insight into the material and psychic investments of contemporary imaginative texts: the colonial novel, the transnational film, and the international best-seller. Probing circumstances that range from the independence of the Indian subcontinent to poverty tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, Chakravorty builds an interpretive lens for reading literary representations of cultural and global difference. In the process, she also reevaluates the fascination with transnational novels and films that manufacture global differences by staging intersubjective encounters between cultures through stereotypes. Printed Pages: 334.

Title: In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Author Name: Mrinalini Chakravorty

Categories: South Asia, Literature, India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Indian Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2016

ISBN: 8121513219

ISBN 13: 9788121513210

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 16 x 24 Cm

Seller ID: 039856

Keywords: In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary Mrinalini Chakravorty