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Returning to the Sundarbans

28 Oct 2020
Vol. 1
INTERVIEW

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“The most central aspect of what we call literary modernity is that it's centered around humans: Western humans. It's not just that it excludes other kinds of beings, it also excludes most of the species we now call humanity. This doesn't change with post-1945 Western avant-gardism. If anything, that experimentalism resulted into the absolute withdrawal of the human into abstractions.”

Amitav Ghosh speaks to Kartika Budhwar about the Sundarbans & climate change and its relationship with literature, literary modernity, and the Western avant-garde.

During COVID lockdowns, nobody seems to have considered the fate of migrant workers who were stranded in cities. Many were so desperate they started walking home. And right then, Cyclone Amphan started in the Bay of Bengal. All these catastrophes intersect disastrously.

RECOMMENDED: The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (Penguin Allen Lane, 2021) by Amitav Ghosh.

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Interview
Sundarbans
Commonwealth Literature
Climate Change and Literature
Cyclone Amphan
Evictions
Migrant Workers
Energy Crisis
Geography
Mythology
Working-Class Stories
Humanitarian Crisis
Language
Epistemology
Gopinath Mohanty
Failure of the Avant-Garde
Debjani Bhattacharyya
Modernism
Bay of Bengal
Climate Change
Climate Anxiety
Histories of Migrations
Avant-Garde Origins

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